Craft Hacks for Kids
Does the thought of a craft make you cry or cheer? I am definitely on team cheer. I love a good craft. I have oodles of crafting supplies and have been known to dream up some pretty crazy projects. I can’t help myself, it’s just how my brain works.
This can be a good or a bad thing, of course. Friends know they can turn to me with their crafting dilemmas. I’m sure to know where to find the best clear plastic plates for snow globes (Party City), or who has the best price on card stock (Target).
Having kids taught me a lot, too. I have four, ranging in age from elementary to high school. Years of school projects and birthday parties have sharpened my crafting skills. I’ve learned what items I should buy stock in (Crayola Washable Markers) and what items to run from (kinetic sand, NO THANK YOU).
Quarantine is the Perfect Time to Craft!
These days, when we are all home a bit more, can be the perfect time to work on some crafts to keep kids busy and keep creative juices flowing. We are in a unique period of time that kids will want to remember someday! Time capsules, diaries, and journals are all great ways for kids to track their memories. Getting creative can also help them to process their thoughts and emotions. Whether you’re looking for some quarantine specific crafting activities or just some boredom busters while staying safe at home, we have all the craft hacks you need to get started on some fun projects!
2 Bonus Craft Hacks to Elevate you to Craft Queen Status
You may have heard before that 90% of a job well done lies in the prep work. The same is true with crafting. Set yourself up for success with these simple supplies and organizational tips.
1 – These Six Affordable Supplies Are All You Need
The very best crafting tip I can give is to be prepared. This doesn’t require a long, overwhelming trip to the craft store.
I’m just talking the basics – a few things that will last a long time and serve you well. I’m going to assume you have a few things (paper, scissors, markers or crayons, glue stick), but to really make crafts quick and easy, you need a few extra tools.
A paper trimmer, white card stock, single hole punch, large paper punch in any basic shape, washi tape and string will soon prove to be staples in your home. You may even be able to find some of these in your local grocery store.
A color printer is helpful but not necessary.
2 – Label Everything
Yes, I’m giving you permission to buy more bins. Sort craft items by type and label the bin accordingly. It’s so nice to be able to say “go get the painting bin” and for everything to be there, ready to roll. It makes clean-up easier, too.
If your kids aren’t reading yet, label the bin with a picture of what’s inside. Make sure it’s not too big or heavy for them to carry.