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Craft Making For Kids


Crafts are any project that involves a step by step procedure to achieve an end result. There are many kinds of crafts one can do, like beading, paper folding, sewing, knitting, crocheting, painting or card making. The list is endless. And craft activities can be done with kids. It enhances their creativity and it is a good opportunity also to bond with them.

Craft making is one personal way of showing the creativity of a person. This shows the love and affection of the creator. The gifts that are made from craft making are usually designed specially for the receiver. Even though crafts are homemade, it does not need to be simple or out from the scratch. You can actually make crafts that are specially designed.

You can ask any assistance from persons who have knowledge of craft to help you make one craft that is beautiful and creative. If you are going to do crafts, you would certainly need to buy a few supplies to be able to make your craft possible. The crafts that you will do will have to depend to the age of your craft receiver. Craft activities are time consuming but the time usually pass by quickly when you are well into what you are doing.

The bonding moment easily ensues as the parents and kids help each other out towards perfecting a certain project. All of the group members partake in giving suggestions to make the craft project turn out beautiful. And while doing their own assignments in the project, it is a great opportunity also to talk or bring up some concerns.

Indulging in crafts with your kids is a good way to imbibe social interaction in them at an early age. This is better compared to immersing your kids to playing computer games all day long alone in their rooms.

Making crafts enhances mental thinking. Children become quick-witted as they think of ideas always for new craft projects. Besides this, they also slowly learn how to decide for themselves, even if it is just making small decisions at first, like what color or materials to use.

Crafts also are an avenue for children to express their individualities. And the sense of self-satisfaction at the end of the project is priceless. It promotes self-confidence and self-esteem.

There are many craft stores in the malls. Buying the basics is not difficult or expensive. For starters, you can get glue sticks, stickers, paints, papers, foams, beads, glitters, markers, crayons and scissors.

As a child is well under way any kind of craft, he will get ideas on how to make it more beautiful, and you can help him procure the extra materials during the process. The ideas will just pour in as he becomes more familiarized with what he is doing. The ideas will also come to him as he tries to break the monotony of the project. His mind will be forced to think of new ways to liven up the project.

There are many simple craft ideas you can do with your kids for starters. Examples are straw painting, aluminum foil sculptures, squeeze balls, toothpick sculpture, piper cleaner art, fingertip pictures, envelope art, clay molding and windsock. There are many reference materials you will find in libraries, bookstores or craft stores for easy step by step procedures.

As the children develop their interest in crafts, you can move on to more complex projects. It will not be long before you find your children inventing their own designs already.


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Kids Craft FAQ

Question: How to make a drying rack for kids craft projects?
I would like to make my own drying rack for my kids projects, but I am not sure were to start. How can I make a drying rack for kids craft projects?

Answer: First have a look in some discount stores to see if there is something that you can improvise with, e.g. a clothing airer. I have a really tall clothes airer that stands upright and has 3 levels of racks on each of two sides. You can have all the racks on both sides, some on one and only the top on the other or whatever combination you want. The racks are great because you can hang things on them (well, they were designed for laundry) but the rungs on the rack are close enough to place things on top of them too.

Question: What are some good places to look and get ideas for kids craft and coloring printables?
looking for web.s that I could get craft ideas and coloring printable for kids in my after school program. most of them are 8 and under

Answer: about.com is the handiest site I know
http://familycrafts.about.com/
In the links in red at the left under 'Topics' (scroll down), you'll see the link for the printables and also crafts by age appropriate. Under 'Essentials' there are links to craft instructions. Other about.com links off the main index offer Hobbies and Crafts and Home and Garden with even more links. This site is very comprehensive.

Question: Scrapbooking , How to organize my kids school craft and souvenir?
Please help. How can I organize my kids school works or craft for safe memories? How to know what to keep and what to throw in the garbage. Same as for toys what to keep and what not to keep. Need advice and experience. Thanks

Answer: I love the art work my kids would bring home. I went to an art store and got one of the very large art folders. Art students use them to carry their work.
It was a great size for all of the art work brought home and easy to store under the bed.
As for their toys. Anything expensive like Brio train set, some Barbies, Legos. I kept and store in the attic. Others I try to donate if in good shape.

Question: I am trying to remember the steps to a kids craft project?
Years ago I made "suncatchers" with kids. The kids colored in a pattern that was on regular white paper (I think they were supposed to use colored pencils, but it could have been crayons or markers). Once they colored the pattern in, they placed some baby oil on a cotton ball and rubbed the oil on the back side of the pattern. This created a glassy type effect. After the oil dried, a hole was punched at the top and a string was looped through in order to hang the "sun catcher".
Has anyone heard of this project? I would just like to know if I have remembered the details of the project properly.

Answer: Materials:
white paper or card stock
markers, colored pencils or crayons (markers are brightest, but the others will work, too)
scissors
baby or cooking oil
paper towels
ribbon, string or yarn for hanging

Have the kids color any design you want.

Wad up a paper towel and dip it in a saucer containing a small amount of oil.

Dab the oil all over until evenly covered but not dripping.

Let it soak in, then use a dry paper towel to remove any excess oil. (You could use cotton balls instead to apply the oil, but you really need paper towels for the blotting.)

Cut the suncatchers into any shape you want and make a small hole about half an inch from the top. Cut the ribbon, string or yarn about 12 inches long and thread it through the hole. Tie it to make a hanging loop.

Question: I need a kids craft idea for Thanksgiving themed playgroup.?
Can someone please give me an idea for a craft for 2-3 years olds that they can do. Maybe something themed around Thanksgiving? Thanks!

Answer: my mom has a daycare..and we are constantly using this site...it got lots of really neat crafts on it

http://www.dltk-kids.com/

Question: How can you get kids craft glue out of school clothes tried everything help ?
the glue says washable but ive washed it loads navy blue any tips would be great thanks.

Answer: put the item in the freezer leave overnight and the you should be able to crack it off.

Question: What is a good plant seed to use for a kids craft?
I need one that grows/climbs a thing they stick in the soil of their pot. The pot will be the size of a seedling pot.

Answer: bean and potato come to mind. you could do sunflowers easily too but they don't climb. peanuts are fun little plants but they don't climb either. i grew peanuts when i was a kid and the harvesting was fun.

Question: I need help with finding a good craft for kids?
I'm doing this news letter for a group that is mostly kids ages 4 to 11 and I can't find anything for the craft section of the news letter.
So if has any advice on what I could do would be a great help thanks.

Answer: make houses out of popsicle sticks
make a collage out of magazines (i just did this with a 4 year old, 11 year old, and 16 year-they all loved it)
decorate a frame and put your favorite pic in it





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