Cold weather can be tough on you and your small child when they can’t get outside and play. It can sometimes be difficult to find things for them to do indoors that will keep the interested and occupied for any amount of time. Children’s crafts can be a great option!
Doing crafts with your child gives you the opportunity to complete a project with them, encourages their creativity, and lets them practice skills like coloring, writing, and using scissors. Following the instructions included in children’s crafts will also help your child learn to follow steps. If they are able to read, it will help them practice their reading also. Completing a project gives your child a sense of pride and accomplishment in what they have made.
Children’s crafts also make great gifts for any occasion. Let your child make their own valentines to send to family and friends. You can help them make each card, personalize or sign them, and take your child to the post office with you to mail them. All mothers love to get gifts made for them by their child on Mother’s day. This could be a great activity for Dad and child. Your child could create a collage, color a picture, or make a small craft for his or her grandparents. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of children’s crafts ideas online. You can easily find one that you and your child will really enjoy.
You can also keep a group of youngsters busy by doing some children’s crafts. It is a great group activity, because it encourages sharing among the children. They can learn from each other and help each other. Parents should be there to supervise and help where need, but let them really get into their project and create something individual.
As you gather supplies and get ready to start your children’s craft project, there are some things that you should keep in mind. Always read the labels on the art supplies you will be using. Try to find glue and markers which labels read “low odor” or “safe for children.” Look for paints or crayons that are non-toxic. Avoid any product which says “Danger”, “Warning”, or “Caution”. Look for warnings like “Harmful if swallowed”, “May cause skin irritation”, or “Keep out of the reach of children.” Another way to keep kids safe, do not take art supplies out of their original containers, because that container is going to have important information about ingredients.
There should always be a parent present to supervise children’s crafts. Besides offering help and ideas, they can make sure that no art supplies are eaten or used in an inappropriate manner. For instance, smaller children just love to draw and paint on themselves. One of my infant son’s favorite pastimes is to eat his sister’s crayons. So, supervision is a must.
Whether it is for a gift or just for fun, done individually or in a group, children’s crafts can be a great activity for you and your child. Try your hand at creating great children’s crafts today!