Arts and crafts are a great way to keep children occupied. Children love to make things and spend time on arts and crafts. Arts and crafts can also be a great way to bond with your children and show them (and maybe yourself) how much you are enjoying their creative personality. Kids love helping and participating in crafts, and moms and dads like them because they can help take a few moments for themselves. There is however some way to become a little too busy. Avoid this by following common sense guidelines for safety.
Most state and local organizations offer classes for kids to join, like cross-country skiing, dance, gymnastics, various sports and many others. Many other organizations may be found on the Internet providing classes to children as well. The majority of these classes will charge a fee to participate in. Check the timing, length and fees on the site before offering one. Many companies offer a limited number of days or weekend slots that you can reserve in, but the price may still be high.
Enroll your children in a class that is within your desired price range and then choose a few days per week. The powerfully productive habits and transient desires that children have will only come about when they involve themselves in these types of activities. Allow children to choose what they want most at this point. Remember, kids are only little once!
The venue for craft activities should be in an open area free of coverings such as cars, tarp, etc., where children are as free to work as they like. Moving their stuff away from their activity area will reduce the temptation to fit in more.
Think about the amounts of materials that you have and the equipment that you may need to complete the craft. How much time do you have and work at your station? When things are compact and near your kitchen, you can double children’s craft fun and avoid local disappointment.
The first step for making crafts more fun for children is setting up familiar tasks. Children should be given simple activities like opening zip-top yogurt containers, putting stickers in a few nipples of different sizes and gluing beads in goofy Friendship bracelet molds.
The next step is to make craft supplies available so that children may work freely. Provide large, clear work surfaces where they can work. Keep large jigsaw puzzles out of the reach or in a cupboard hospitalized. Supply bags with crayons, markers, popsicle sticks, paper, and scissors.
What should be the appropriate materials for each craft? Here are some questions to ask the supervising adult. The tasks need to be simple to allow children to play and come up with creative solutions on their own.
Only provide materials that were made for the activity. Various craft supplies should be labeled “oops not for food use, goo only.” Make sure the supplies can be cleaned up easily, including the possibility to clean hands and the area before returning to the craft, but not by the adult.
Children may need to help with set up and clean up. Make sure they have easy-to-burn contained batteries to hand. If all children have a kit, they can work together and have fun. On the other hand, some children may need adult supervision.
Remember to monitor the children’s use of the supplies. High-leaded sand glue is not appropriate for children under the age of 3. Regular paint used for craft projects should be non-toxic and non-flammable. Check the label or box for flame retardant. As children become older, so should the use of finger paints or acetate, which is not flammable and will not burn the fingers, only need to be wiped off when finished. Young children can be restricted to use of washable paints and high-ounce markers can be purchased in a resealable container and used under adult supervision.
Children can draw, color and paint simply by tracing a line and following instructions on a master craft packet. Many craft supplies have not only simple, easy-to-follow assemble instructions but also comic tells and other stories that will peak a child’s curiosity and imagination. The most important skill in any craft activity is the willingness to try and have fun!