6 MUST HAVES FOR THE CRAFT BOX – THESE THINGS COULD CHANGE THE TONE OF YOUR DAY
I appreciate that not everyone is a crafter and not everyone enjoys getting covered in paint and glue in order to create.
If you are not an avid crafter or teacher of arts and crafts, then chances are you have very limited craft supplies.
You may truly baulk at the idea of getting paint on your kitchen bench or glue on the floor. That’s OK.
THESE THINGS ARE NOT TOO MESSY
Having said that, there are a few things you can keep on hand that are not particularly messy but could make the difference between a happy day and a disaster.
Let’s face it, sometimes we’re just too tired to sit for hours on the cold floor to play with the dolls’ house.
Sometimes we have a sore throat and can’t stand the thought of reading Dr Suess’s Wacky Wednesday another five times that day.
Sometimes there’s stuff we need to do that doesn’t centre around the little kids in our lives.
There could be an important phone call we need to deal with right away.
Or maybe an unexpected but very welcome drop in by a friend we haven’t seen in ages.
Perhaps the weather is crap and the park is out of the question.
I know this is when that wonderful invention, the television, comes into its own. I’m pretty sure I have more kids’ DVDs than adults’ and apps like Netflix make entertaining kids a breeze.
However, sometimes the kids want to be doing, even when we’re resisting it.
THESE COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HAPPY DAY AND PURE FRUSTRATION
By having a few key items in your craft box you can save yourself a lot of drama and avoid some nasty child meltdowns.
6 MUST HAVES FOR THE CRAFT BOX
- Have a decent stash of paper (A4 size is great for littlies). Young kids don’t even mind if it’s scrap paper and printed on one side, just so long as it’s big enough for them to make decent pictures.
- Crayons and coloured pencils are the way to go if you want to avoid a lot of mess.
- A wonderful substitute for paint are those little colouring books you can buy in the cheap shops that require just water and a paint brush to colour the pictures. Once the water touches the page, the colours magically appear.
- Kids can play with stickers for hours – just ensure they stay seated in a particular spot or you may find them all over your house!
- There are like a gazillion fun things to make with cardboard rolls so rather than throw them out in the trash, throw them into your craft box. Check here for some fun cardboard roll project ideas from Crafting a Green World.
- Two things the Goddesses like more than anything is gloopy glue (thanks a bunch Mr Maker for that expression!) and sticky tape. As both of these things can get out of hand quickly, aside from keeping a close watch on the kids while they are at work, I provide them with glue sticks – not quite gloopy glue but they do make things stick – and masking tape. Masking tape is a great substitute for sticky tape as it’s easier to remove and also easier for the kids to tear off instead of risking little fingers on the sharp teeth of a tape dispenser.
That’s it. Those little items could change the style of your whole day.
Check out this easy craft the three year old Goddess did with just paper and glue and a little help from Grandy drawing the lion’s face. This kept her occupied for ages as she enjoyed ripping and gluing the paper scraps around the lion’s face. Be sure and check out Wacky Workshops for some more fun projects.
WANT A SNEAK PEAK INSIDE MY CRAFT BOX?
Aside from the six essentials mentioned, I have an array of markers, (really have to watch the kids closely with these!), including those wonderful ‘magic’ markers that change colours – a big favourite with the Goddesses. They also love the ‘rainbow’ markers that write with three colours at once, and the scented markers. The stamping markers are a great alternative to an ink box and stamps.
My paints and more messy craft items are kept in a workshop downstairs where the girls cannot go. Best to be safe!
If you’re up for some messy fun with paints and glue and glitter, come back next Wednesday for some fun painting ideas for preschoolers.
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Happy crafting and have a gleeful week, Tamuria