10/03/2014 11:22 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Banish Half-Term Boredom With Our How-To Craft Guides (Video)

How to Make a Lion Mask

For mums and dads, keeping kids entertained over the half-term can become a real problem. Arts and crafts projects are one of the best solutions to head off the 'I'm bored' brigade, because not only are kids kept busy making their project, they can play with it afterwards, making for great, long-lasting fun.

So we've put together some fab ideas for making toys, decorations and costumes - all with cheap and simple materials, most of which you can find in your household cupboards. There are projects here to suit all ages, from toddlers to older kids, so you're sure to find one that takes your children's fancy.

And don't worry if you've never been a dab hand with pipe cleaners and sticky-back plastic - all of these craft projects are explained step-by-step, so you just follow the videos above and be amazed by the results.