A few years ago I bought tools and followed online tutorials to make rosaries. The techniques took a little practice to make perfect, but were not difficult. I’ve been waiting for my oldest daughter to be capable and interested enough to make her own bead and wire jewelry, since she enjoys the aesthetics, art and wearing that sort of thing much more than I.
Over winter break, the time came. She’s been making dangle earrings using earring hooks, eye pins, jump rings, charms and beads ever since. She is 10 years old and required very little instruction. I My 8 and 6 year old have tried as well and required some help to make them look a little more professional, but also enjoy designing earrings!
This is another great, simple, quick craft for the older child and they can wear (or gift) the results. Buying the supplies might be a wonderful gift for kids this age as well. For tools, you’ll likely want pliers (small round nose and flat nose depending on what you are doing) and wire cutters to get started. You may already have them in your tool box!