Kids and crafts seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. Creating projects at home provides an artistic outlet for the kids while entertaining them. Crafting with your kids doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. Simple craft projects can also be inexpensive or cost nothing. Here are a few tips for crafting with kids and making it fun.
Keep It Simple
When it comes to crafting with kids, it is really important to keep it simple. I have three children who have done many craft projects with me and with kids and their attention spans, simple is best. Kids tend to lose interest if a project becomes too complicated or long and drawn out.
The best way to keep it simple is to not over think craft projects. What you might think is a great idea might not be of interest to your child. When my children were very small, they loved being given craft supplies to create whatever they wanted. I kept a container of cut up pieces of colored paper, ribbon, lace, sequins and more. When the kids wanted a simple project I would give them glue, the container of miscellaneous pieces and some paper. They would create whatever they wanted and they loved doing it. I would throw in a few pom poms and other assorted items and they would let their imaginations run wild.
Keep It Cheap
If you are like me, everything has to stick within a budget. Crafting with my kids is no different. Anything can become a craft supply and you can come up with plenty of items for free or cheap. Check around your home for items that normally get tossed in the trash. Plastic bottle caps can have a variety of uses for kid crafts. Other items such as aluminum foil, straws (save them from fast food drinks), empty jars or food bottles, fabric scraps, dry pasta, dry beans, and much, much more can all find their way into fun craft projects.
Stocking a craft cabinet or box for projects with the kids can be cheap or free if you know where to look. I try to keep a few staple items on hand (felt is a must-have around my house, as are pipe cleaners, pom poms and wiggly eyes) on hand at all times for my kids to create with. I have found great bargains on craft supplies at local thrift stores, yard sales and dollar stores.
Keep It Fun
The most important part of crafting with kids is to keep it fun. If it isn’t fun, then what’s the point?
I found that the best–and most fun–craft projects with my kids were the ones I let them help me plan and pick out. The process of planning got them excited and interested and allowing them to help me gather and pick out the necessary supplies made it even more fun for them. A trip to the craft store has always been a fun thing for my kids and I.
My adult mind would tend to plan out and follow directions for creating something, but with kids, it is usually more fun to have no plan. My children enjoy non-directed crafting but sometimes I simply give them an idea, give them access to the supplies and let them go.
The best part about crafting with kids is the enjoyment of working on projects together and creating memories. I have crafts my children have made over the years and they still comment on their memories of making them together.
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