Crafts for kids

Or, I’m hoping I can put this up, because I really worked hard on it.  ANd I can’t find a way to do it that isn’t horribly confusing, so I’ll just copy and paste and grumble about people double booking stuff…..  Growl, this didn’t post on Monday like I thought it did, and I’m just now discovering this.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT AHEAD OF TIMEimage
•Make sure you plan adequate time
•Don’t plan too complex for your kid’s age.
•What is your patience and mess tolerance level
•Realize it will not turn out the way you want it too. Accept that and go on.

CRAFTS FOR LITTLE GUYS 1-2 YEARS OLD
•Stickers image
•Cutting with lots of supervision, and only straight lines. Expect to get a lot of confetti
•Gluestick and paper
•Beginning to color, if you’re leery of them coloring everywhere buy Color Wonder
•Fingerpaint, again Crayola has a Color Wonder version of this.
•Plan to take a bath after any major project.

CRAFTS FOR 2-3 YEARS OLDimage
•You can start to plan more complicated crafts 
•Glue bottle, with A LOT of supervision.
•Glitter glue, with a lot of supervision.
•Collages, they start actually cutting out things rather than confetti now.
•Beads are great for fine motor skills.  image
•This is the perfect age for play-dough and model magic creations. Model Magic is fun because you can let it dry.
•Still plan on taking a bath after any major project.

CRAFTS FOR OVER 3image
•If you’re brave you can face the challenge of glitter. Do this over a cookie sheet, and preferably outside.
•It can be really fun now to introduce painting with different objects. I will warn you flowers are frustrating to paint with because they break. 
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•They might be coloring in the lines more, but that depends on your child. So you can do more detailed things for coloring.

WHAT CAN YOU MAKE WITH CARTONS OF ALL SORTS?
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Feed the Pig– as a sidenote Princess still asks to play this game a year later.

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How to make a barn– there are so many things to make from the milk carton shapes boxes.

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Tin Can Stilts


EGG CARTONS
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bird nests– I apparently didn’t do a detailed explanation of how to do this, so it’s roughly in the middle of that post..

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I’m still writing this post

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AND REMEMBER MOST OF IT WASHES OUT

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And don’t keep stamp pads where your sleeping kids can get to them……….

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5 thoughts on “Crafts for kids

  1. What a great insightful post! Thank you for going on ahead and posting it. I love the last picture of the boys, stamping can be fun when everyone is asleep!

  2. WOW! Great post. And apparently I am conservative with my scissors! We tried a couple times when Mghan was 2 1/2, but it's just been recently that she's mastered it.

  3. Love the stilts!

    Oh my with the stamp pads. I bet that takes awhile to wear off. Caleb did that all over his hands and arms once. But it was not a washable stamping pad. He was a grayish color for 3 days.

    Ahh, the joy of boyos. You just have to smile. Well, after you lecture about good choices vs bad choices =)

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