It can be great to craft with kids, whether they’re your own, a family member’s, a friend’s or you’re paid to take care with them. The imagination that they show and the creativity that they possess is something that cannot be taught. You can help to bring out this side to them by giving them a good craft to do that has a purpose and an aim – something that they can present to somebody else or use for ornamentation in a place like their bedroom is just the trick.
Making their own picture frame is relatively easy. If you know that you’re doing this craft in advance, head over to a printing website to get some photographs ready to decorate – some offer great deals, and there are always snapfish coupons available to take advantage of. Make sure that you have cardboard, glitter, sequins and glue ready. Cut out the shape of a frame from the cardboard and let them decorate it how they wish. Sticking sequins and other decorations onto the photo itself should be encouraged; if it’s just a replica printout then there’s no harm in it. It can really add a depth to the photo that wasn’t previously there, and a simple thing like a heart between two people can speak volumes.
Fast becoming a favourite with Pinterest-moms, handprint art is rising in popularity due to how successful it is to execute with children. They love getting their hands messy and love using their bodies to create things – especially a piece of artwork. There are animals, plants, objects and words that you can make out of a simple hand or footprint, and it serves as a great memento for them to look back on when they’re older and compare how much they’ve grown. If you have a scout around online, you can find some artwork to do that’s related to upcoming events to keep it more seasonal, or just look for something that they’re interested in.
An classic, but still a firm favourite – these are the flowers that will never wilt. The great thing about this craft is that there is little mess and only two things that you need: tissue paper and pipe cleaners. Children have so much fun scrunching up the paper and bunching it into something that they can instantly recognise as a flower. It’s such a fun decoration to have in your home as well, and will brighten up any room. You could even consider trying to make a flower garland with the tissue – you simple just need to add string to bunch them all together and hang them up. There are guides online as to how to go about making different types of flowers, even incorporating different colours and patterns into the designs. They are brilliant for hanging outside, too, if you are having guests over for a garden party. Dangling them from trees and other shrubs and bushes that may not be sprouting flowers of their own can add a little quirky touch.