5 Magic Tricks Kids Can Do

My kids LOVE magic, but finding tricks they can actually do themselves requires some magic in itself.  Here are five that don’t require too much slight of hand (AKA coordination) yet are clever enough to fool adults (and not in the fake impressed kind of way). 

1. Disappearing Crayons

Cut out a window in your pack of crayons, tape the crayons together and then chop them in half.  So when you apply pressure they’re up, and when you release they go back down. Bring them back by flipping over the box.

2. Multiplying Coins

Get 2 plates, tape a piece of paper under one (or both) to create a pocket, tuck the quarter(s) in.  When you transfer the quarters from one plate to another, let this hidden quarters slip out. Fooled me! 

3. Disappearing Toothpick

Tape the toothpick onto the top of your thumb, so that when your hand is open you don’t see it, but when you clench your fist, it “magically” appears. 

4. Magic Tube

  • Poster board/ card stock
  • Tape
  • Scarf (I actually cut up an old one) 

Looks like a regular empty tube until you magically whip a scarf out of it.  This is actually just an optical illusion made with two paper tubes, one more narrow on one end.   The scarf is wedged between the two on this side, so the viewers can’t see it. 

5. Disappearing Coin

Use a piece of paper as a base. Trace the top of a glass on a same colored piece of paper then cut out and glue it on to the top of the glass. Place the glass upside down upon your base and just tip up the glass as you’re going over the quarter. 



Elle Walker is a co-founder at What's Up Moms and the mom to three kids (7, 4, 2). In her spare time, she loves testing out kids activities (often muttering, "Pinterest, you lie"), to find the best play that minimize set-up, reduce costs, and uses stuff up around the house.