Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Crafts For Kids: How to Come up With a Craft Idea for Kid Programs

Crafts For Kids: How to Come up With a Craft Idea for Kid Programs

Did your search for Crafts for Kids get you to this blog? Are you looking for crafts ideas for kid's enrichment? Maybe you feel like you are just not the creative type, and you struggle with coming up with craft projects. It is true that some people just have a knack for finding or even inventing craft ideas, but your creativity can be improved. There are ways to make it easier to find a craft idea for kid needs.

I think one of the best ways are to get a really good kids crafts e-book. If you are a Sunday school teacher you will fin excellent Bible crafts on page 8 of the e-book Fun Kids Crafts E-Book. For moms and teacher you will also find very good Easy Kids on page 86. Fun Kids Crafts has crafts for every occasion and every stage. Go and Have a Look at Fun Kids Crafts E-Book.

Tips for finding kids crafts:

1. Lay aside any perfectionism

Locking yourself into thinking there is only one right way to do something makes every decision harder. Regardless of the kid program you are helping with, there are always many suitable craft ideas out there. Don't worry about picking the wrong one! If you've taken into consideration the age and skill levels of the kids involved, your choice will be adequate.

2. Consider your budget

When choosing a craft idea for kid programs, you need to be aware that some of them are expensive. Prepackaged kits to make a fun foam picture frame or a craft stick cross are affordable for a few kids, but if you are needing to do a craft with a lot of kids, these kits might cost too much. It's often easy to do almost exactly the same project by just looking at the craft kit components and buying the same materials in bulk at the discount store. You may have to do some preparation, like cutting out shapes ahead of time, or at least making cardboard patterns for the kids to use in cutting out their own. The savings will be worth it, however.

3. Different crafts for boys and girls

In spite of years of indoctrination from women's libbers, the fact remains that boys and girls like different sorts of crafts! If the craft seems a little girly, don't use it at boys' camp. Stick with lace-up leather billfolds, Indian artifacts, dinosaur art, and similar projects. Girls will like beads and anything that's pink or purple. For a craft idea for kid camp where there are kids of both sexes, keep it on the boyish side and provide some pink materials to keep the girls happy.

4. Let ideas spring from examples

An aspect of creativity that the non-creative types don't realize is that ideas spring from other ideas. That is, if you look over a book or website of craft ideas, maybe none of them will appeal to you, but if you let them, they will spark an idea for a similar project. Use what you can and change what you must in the craft directions. For instance, the craft may have a slogan to be written across the front. If you need to change the slogan to fit your own needs, it's perfectly OK. For instance, the pictured project might say "Girls rock!" You can change that to "He is the Rock!" if that meets your VBS needs better.

5. Follow the instruction if you find it easier

A final suggestion is to realize that you don't have to change the instructions or create something new to have a good craft idea for kid use. Feel free to follow the instructions to the letter if that works better for you. The kids will have a great time either way. Just pick a craft idea, for kid creativity beats adult creativity every time! The kids will make it creative, even if you have doubts about your own ability in this area.

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Monday, July 7, 2008

Kids Crafts - Decorating a Flower Pot

Kids Crafts - Decorating a Flower Pot

This is one of our Fun Kids Crafts where the end result can really be used as a decoration for any occasion. Adapt the colors to the occasion and the color scheme for your table.

What you need for this kids craft:

  • A small terra-cotta flower pot
  • Acrylic paint in the desired colors
  • A pencil with an eraser at the back
  • Wide green crafts sticks (1 to make the stem for each flower you want to make)
  • Dirt to fill your pot with
  • Small pebbles to cover the dirt in the pot with
  • Sticky-back crafting foam flowers and circles (for as many flowers as you want to put in your pot)
  • As many paper plates as the colors you are using

How to do this craft:

  1. Pour a little paint in a paper plate
  2. Dip the eraser of your pencil in the paint and press it on the pot to make a spot.
  3. Decorate the whole pot in this way with as many colors as you want.
  4. Let the paint dry completely.
  5. Fill the pot with the dirt.
  6. Make a foam flower by sticking a large flower onto a stick, then press a smaller one on top of that one, to make a layered flower, and finally press a dot in the middle to make the center of the flower.
  7. Now you push the sticks into the dirt in the pot.
  8. Cover the dirt with the pebbles
  9. You can also paint the pebbles if you wish to make it more colorful.

This is one of our Kids Crafts that you can adapt for many different uses. It is of course possible to plant a real plant in the pots and not the foam ones. You can also use this same kids craft to decorate bigger houseplant pots. Give the kids an opportunity to experiment and develop there creativity in this way.

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