Guide to Arts and Crafts for Kids
Arts and crafts are an excellent idea for children. Both boys and girls can gain valuable lessons about working individually, developing creative ideas, and letting their imagination take shape. Whether on a rainy day or on a late summer afternoon, there is always time for the arts! When shopping for arts and crafts supplies for kids, be sure to get items that are age appropriate. In other words, the younger the child, the less complicated the art project should be.
Some kids love sitting down with a handful of pipe cleaners and tissue paper and creating a masterpiece from scratch. Others would rather work on a more structured project (like paint-by-numbers ) to stimulate their creativity. Creating projects from scratch can be hard for some as it does require some imagination and time of their own to create a project and find all of the supplies to make it work. In order to keep things fun for kids and simple for adults, toy manufacturers have come up with great kits that include all of the supplies, instructions, and tools to make a kid's imagination light up. If a kit sounds like your cup of tea, let us get you started.
Best Kits for Kids of All Ages
Here you can find some ideas to help you get started looking for arts and crafts kits. Don't think that this is it though. There are hundreds of ideas out there. The most important thing to remember is that you should always strive for age-appropriate items. That means watch out for the following things:
- Choking hazards, such as small beads or other items, are not suitable for toddlers.
- Difficulty level, including an acute need for detail and dexterity, is important to consider. You want a child to have fun, not to get discouraged.
- Be sure that (if you are not the parent) the arts and crafts toy or kit can be carried out independently by the child or with a little parental supervision. This goes hand in hand with the clean-up factor. If you think it might be too messy, skip it (unless you are the parent and you don't mind cleaning up after your children's' mess).
- Consider if the arts and crafts toy or kit you get is for a single use or if it will serve for many weekends of play. If it the type of kit that can be used time and time again, how quickly will the novelty wear off?
- Measure the price and quality of what you are buying. Some pre-packaged kits are expensive if they are from a reputable name brand, however, much of the time their quality will be superior to that of a cheap dollar store rip off.
Kits for Younger Kids
These suggestions are best for preschoolers and kindergarten students. Some require parental supervision.
Kits for Grade School Kids
Arts and Crafts for Older Children
For children aged 8 to 12, try some of these kits. Other areas of interest may include beading ,candle making ,soap making ,sewing , and knitting . Small construction projects are good too, depending on the type, such as doll house furniture and 3-D wood models (boats, dinosaurs, etc.).