Legend of Zelda is a fan favorite for adults and kids alike. In it’s thirty year history it had become an icon in the video game industry. With its popularity, there are countless bloggers and other resources available to spark the creativity of your child’s ( or your) enthusiasm for all things Zelda. Finding crafts appropriate for kids can be daunting in the plethora of cosplay ideas.
One source of kid friendly crafts are the range of 8-bit designs. Many of these were designed to be used with perler beads. The perler beads are a perfect craft for elementary school age children. They are small plastic beads you arranged on a grid base, cover with parchment paper and fuse with an iron once the design in complete. These same layouts could be used by budding artist to draw on graph paper. A more advanced crafter could embroider these designs in cross stitch, crochet a blanket, make quilting squares or create a full quilt just to name a few.
For a different kind of kid friendly craft a Zelda fan who enjoyed Ocarina of Time may want to create their own Navi. Below are two which appear to be easy and are a creative way to have a young fan create their own Navi.
This first project appear to be an intermediate crafting difficulty, it involves wrapping yarn around a ball and what appear to be pipe cleaners or wire. There are no directions, the photo is from an etsy.com posting.
This second project is a homemade pompom Navi. This one has the steps depicted in the pictures. Again this is not a beginner craft but is more of a hard beginner to an intermediate level, based on the steps involved.
Finally, for one final Zelda fan feature is the Sheikeh. In this link the crafter is using a wooden door hanger and painting it. Based on my crafting experience with kids, I think this project could be made easily with kids using fun foam for all the pieces including the door hanger. That would also omit the painting step, if that simplification is desired. Foam is an easy material to cut and glue with Elmer’s liquid glue or even a high quality glue stick.
Sheikeh slate door hanger:
These are great crafts for kids to create Legend of Zelda themed crafts. The difficulty can be scaled up or down depending on the skill of the child and the level of support desired by the adult. These can be fun ways to spend rainy days and create decorations for their rooms or for other Zelda fans.