Discover: 40+ Mythical Crafts and Fantasy Play Activities for Kids

Nothing sparks the imagination quite like fantasy play and mythical construction. There’s just something about fables, legends, and fairytales that lights up those little storytelling neurons and encourages creative discovery as nothing else can.

Maybe it’s the freedom of being able to cut loose from reality and choose your own adventure. Or the delight in the idea that those fantastical creatures might be out there…somewhere. This collection of mythical crafts, storybook art projects, and fantasy play ideas aims to capture all of that mystery, magic, and fairy-tale fun.

Fantasy Crafts and Play Projects for Kids – Table of Contents

Use the jump links below to quickly navigate to the specific kids’ mythical crafts, fairy-tale art projects, and fantasy play activities you’re looking for…

Fairy Play Projects for Kids

Four fairy-themed crafts and play activities for kids
  • A charming set of woodland peg doll fairies is an absolute MUST for small world fairy play.
  • These play dough fairy forests are a great way to combine imaginative art and play with found items from nature.
  • Kids will love planting the seeds in their recycled fairy greenhouses for a tabletop starter garden that will grow in any season.
  • Make pixie dust for a bit of calming fairy-themed sensory play (with an illusion to help surfaces stay glitter-free!).
Four fairy crafts and activities for kids
  • Imagine running across these mini outdoor play fairy houses while on a forest walk. It just doesn’t get more magical than that…!
  • Rainy days call for this imaginative fairy village for indoor play – with so many enchanting details.
  • Grab some art supplies and our free printable leaf templates to make your own paper leaf fairy wands for fanciful fairy spell-casting.
  • Use small bits and bobs to put together these little magic poppy fairies that can be played with as puppets or enchanted garden decorations.

Gnome Art, Crafts, and Play

Four gnome and troll craft activities for kids
  • Our bean bag gnomes are simple enough for kids to sew on their own (and make a delightfully unique set of soft toys).
  • For a Northern twist on elfish play, try these scandi-style felt gnomes kid-made with felt, yarn, and a lot of mischief!
  • Good grief, these pocket trolls (or tomte) are one of the cutest repurposes of scrap wood I’ve ever seen! Make your own hairy little pals for pocket shenanigans.
  • This oatmeal carton toadstool gnome home isn’t just an invitation to recycle junk drawer items into miniature play accessories…it doubles as a flickering fairytale night light.

Kids Dragon Crafts and DIYs

Four dragon crafts and play activities for kids
  • This drowsy DIY dragon stuffed animal is a soft cuddle and a heavy sleeper who loves curling up with kiddos for the dreamiest naptimes.
  • Ribbon or paper strips come to fiery life with this clever cardboard tube fire-breathing dragon!
  • Explore color-mixing, tell a story, or investigate the tactile environment in a legendary tabletop land of your own making – with this magical foam fantasy sensory play.
  • Every knight (or dame!) in shining armor needs their dragon counterpart. Turn recyclables into a fanastical fire-breathing friend or foe with this amazing milk carton dragon hobby horse.

Mythical Place Projects for Kids

Our favorite mythical place crafts for kids.

Legendary Creature Crafts for Kids

Four mythical creature crafts for kids
  • Got bags? Turn those pesky plastic grocery bags into a group of soft sculpture aliens for an art project that encourages imaginative storytelling, creative processes, and out-there art exploration.
  • Explore expression and the magic of simple sewing with this tutorial to help you make a Zenkidu (…a Zenki who?? You’ll love them too!).
  • Legend has it, a new baby Bigfoot is born at the bottom of a new child’s rag bag every day. Sew a yeti and see for yourself…!
  • Put plastic packaging to frighteningly good use with a kid-made monster treat pail. Old canisters, paper, scissors, and a glue stick are all you need for this fun (and useful) invitation to design a monster.

Mermaid Crafts and Activities for Kids

Four mermaid crafts and play activities for kids
Four mermaid crafts and play activities for kids
  • Send some mini mail by Seahorse Express with this cute mermail project that helps kids turn any little cardboard box into a deep sea mail drop-off.
  • This squishy circuits mermaid is a bit of seaside playdough STEM fun.
  • When an Instagram friend shared the quick tutorial for a cardboard tube mermaid scale roller a couple of years ago it blew my mind – follow the simple steps for easy and endlessly entertaining mermaid texture-making!
  • Check out this sparkling, iridescent mermaid slime – pure mer-magic!

Kids Unicorn Art and Craft Projects

Four unicorn crafts and play activities for kids
Four unicorn crafts and play activities for kids
  • I would have gone crazy for these paper unicorn pencil toppers back in my elementary school days!
  • Go ahead, let your kiddos play with your food, because these unicorn pancakes are too cute to skip. A magical kid-made brunch much.
  • Just look at the rainbow of colors in this squishy unicorn slime! Great for sensory play and absolutely perfect for homemade party favors.
  • Meet Pegasus, a sweet recycled cardboard tube unicorn marionette your kids can make on their own for spectacular puppet plays.

For more fun art, craft, and play collections to get your kids’ creative juices flowing visit our favorite ocean crafts, top 100 ideas for recycled dollhouses, and 40 functional art projects for kids.

Amanda Eldridge
Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.


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