Need craft or project ideas for older boys? My 11 year old (almost 12) helped me choose this collection of projects, so these are things that are “boy approved.” When we say this, of course, we’re not meaning that girls wouldn’t like these ideas or shouldn’t do them! It’s simply a collection of things that boys might go for.
Art and Creative Projects
Wire Sculptures – It’s neat how much expression you can get into a figure with just wire.
Wire Mummies – Also a fun sculpture project.
Totally Easy Zentangle from Tiny Rotten Peanuts
Build a Star Wars X-Wing from office supplies – too cool!
Star Wars Paper Crafts – things to print and make.
Make a Glow in the Dark Yoda t-shirt from Busy Kids Happy Mom
Science and Engineering Projects
Dry Ice Bubbles from Not Just Cute
Build a Catapult – using office supplies and popsicle sticks!
Create a Chain Reaction – with craft sticks
Make Magnetic Slime – This requires some special materials, but it’s super cool!
Make Heat Sensitive Color Changing Slime from Left Brain Craft Brain
Build a Homopolar Motor from Babble Dabble Do
Design a LEGO Marble Run – The post has a video demonstration.
The Great Outdoors
Build a Rocket Stove – cook real food with only twigs for fuel! This is a project that requires adult help, but it’s a pretty cool little cook stove made out of tin cans.
Build a Bat House – Attract bats to your yard with a DIY bat house. My second son is dying to do this! Bats eat a lot of mosquitos, so it’s not altogether a bad idea. He also wants to build an owl box. My parents’ neighbors did this and attracted a screech owl to their yard!
DIY Toys and Games
Make a Cardboard Box Skee Ball Game – Use marbles to play.
Build a Spinning Nerf Target – Definitely a favorite!
Make Some Pool Noodle Nunchucks – ha ha, these look fun!
For more ideas for older boys, and especially hobby ideas, check out this post: 20+ Unplugged Activities for Tween Age Boys (It’s more like 30+ ideas because I have added to it!)