Sunday, December 19, 2010

Craft Supply Checklist for Kid's Crafts

By Pam Lester

I often get asked, "What types of craft supplies do I need to keep on hand for kids crafts?"

So, I've come up with a list of basic crafting supplies that will keep your kids creative and crafting up a storm!

It's a good idea to keep all of your crafting supplies organized and labeled so they are easy to find. I suggest three sizes of containers: plastic shoe boxes, empty baby wipe containers, and baby food jars. I also recommend a file folder to organize papers and cardstock. These storage containers will help sort and organize most craft supplies. There are also many commercial storage cabinets and units that will also work well!

  • crayons
  • markers
  • pencils
  • colored pencils
  • paint brushes
  • assorted colors of tempera paint
  • glue sticks
  • white glue
  • low temp glue gun
  • assorted colored construction paper
  • cardstock
  • drawing paper
  • newspaper
  • assorted sized wiggle eyes
  • assorted pipe cleaners
  • paper plates
  • foam plates
  • tape
  • ziploc baggies
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • glitters
  • fun foam
  • string or ribbons
  • pom poms
  • colored felt squares
  • plastic beads
  • popsicle sticks
  • stickers
  • buttons
  • clothespins
  • magnets
  • feathers
  • straws
  • sequins
  • paper hole punch
  • safety pins

"Now that I have all the supplies, what do I do with them?", Well - visit and get TONS of free craft and activity ideas to make with your children. Have FuN!

About The Author
Pam Lester is a mother of 2 and former art teacher. She is creator and owner of of - visit for more free crafts and ideas!!

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Tips for Creating Activity Kits for Kids

By Jennifer Untermeyer

Struggling to find activities for your next family journey? Looking for creative (and quiet) ways to entertain the kids at their next visit to the Grandparents? Well designed activity kits for kids are the perfect way to keep them entertained at home, while traveling, or anytime you need some peace and quiet.

What's an activity kit? An activity kit is a collection of age appropriate items that keep kids entertained. In short - they are fun in a bag! You can create one for any need or occasion - from going to the park, eating out, travel time or even quiet time at home.

All activities - whether homemade or purchased - must have the following elements:

  • Include a wide variety of activities. To keep kids entertained, you must engage a variety of developmental skills. Be sure the kit you choose contains items that will stimulate the imagination, creativity and pretend play.

  • Not stick solely to a single theme. While your son may love dinosaurs, a bag filled with dinosaur items will not entertain for long. Instead, mix up the contents with some other fun toys such as cars or airplanes.

  • They are good quality and age-appropriate. Toys and crafts that are too difficult will lead to frustration, while things that are too easy will lead to boredom. Read the packaging and think about your child's specific skill level as you select items.

  • Packed in a bag that is appropriate to the desired use. Lunch bags are great for packing activities for a restaurant (small enough to fit on the table but large enough to contain sufficient activities); however, they may not be the best choice for a long journey or a trip to the park.

  • Every bag should be self-contained. This is especially true if including crafts. Many craft kits require extra items - be sure to pack those as well. Consider including pairs of pretend play items (2 animals or 2 figures) so that it is easier to play make believe.

A well-crafted activity kit is a mom's best friend. Keep a couple handy to pull out when you need them - for unexpected trips, play dates, eating out or even just quiet time at home.

Before you make your own activity kits for kids, visit Jenny Untermeyer's store for a selection of high quality, travel tested activity kits that are perfect for keeping kids busy in the car, on the plane, in a restaurant or anywhere you need a little quiet time. Content kids mean peace and quiet for mom and dad.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Keep the Fun in Arts and Crafts for Kids

By Carol M. Edwards

Kids love arts and crafts projects until they are no longer fun. What could possibly turn a joyful, creative session sour? Unfortunately, it is adults. Unlike adults, children are less likely to conform to rules, feel the need to organize the process, work in linear courses or "do things" like an adult may choose to do them. In a child's world, a horse can be purple, it is okay that paint is messy and anything they make is a work of art. If you can get on board with this then you and your child will have positive arts and crafts experiences. To assist in the process, use the following guidelines.

Lose the rigid boundaries. Some adults have a difficult time relinquishing control over the process and set constraints that stifle a child's creative process. Learn to let go.

Let them make a mess. A drop of glue, splash of paint, or spilled piece of glitter can send some people over the edge. Plan for the mess. Place plastic on the table and floors and old clothes on the kids. Go with the flow.

Respect the child's pace. Some kids slap on paint with wild abandon, while others putter and work diligently. Respect their technique.

Positive comments only. You can dislike a child's artwork but you don't have to say that out loud or lie. Negative comments are destructive to a child's self-esteem and creative process. Keep them to yourself. Instead you could say something like, "I really like how you used that color" or "I love the shape." A simple "nice" could suffice.

Let the child do it. Kids learn through doing. No matter how clumsy or uncoordinated their efforts are, they are mastering the skill through their struggle. If you have to assist the child, try a hand-over-hand approach.

Understand kids can have very short attention spans. Developmentally, attention span increases with age and is individual to each child. Let the child decide when their creation is finished. Forcing a child to continue when they are ready to quit creates a power struggle.

Join in and make your own crafts. Creating with your child is a great way to spend time together. Don't worry about your lack of ability. Just have fun.

Ask the child what they like about their creation. It is important that children learn to recognize their strengths and accept who they are. Children who are self-critical tend to be negative and less happy.

Interact and talk during craft time. While this is not the time to get into heavy conversation, you can ask questions about what the child is creating and how they will proceed. Follow the lead of the child.

If asked for suggestions, turn it back to the child. Because kids look to adults for approval, they may ask adults to make decisions for them. Answering these questions indicates to the child that their choices are not important or correct. Here is a list of possible questions a child may ask and possible answers:

Q: "What should I make?"

A: "I am wondering the same thing. What were you thinking of making?" "When you look at all of this craft stuff, what do you want to pick up the most?"

Q: "What color should I use?"

A: "What color would you choose if I asked you the same question?" "Which color is your favorite?"

"Close your eyes and pick a color."

Q: "Which one do you like better?"

A: "Tell me which one you like better." "I am not sure. What do you think?"

Arts and crafts should be relaxing and enjoyable for kids as well as adults. Forgoing rigid boundaries and letting the creativity and imagination of the child guide the process will create memorable moments for both children and adults.

Carol M. Edwards is the creator of the popular website Kids Crafty Creations, a resource for easy and inexpensive kids crafts projects, games and activities. In addition, you will find various articles on the importance of arts and crafts and play for child development. Visit at

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

How to Make Amazing Crafts with Kids

By Mary Amos

Arts & crafts with kids!

There are countless reasons why it is a great idea to do arts and crafts with your kids. For one, working on arts & crafts helps to hone children's creativity. Arts and crafts can also help promote teamwork and sharing, as well as offering the perfect opportunity to bond and find new common interests. Arts and crafts also allow kids to openly express themselves, even at very young ages. Nonetheless, despite all these positives, the best reason for getting your kids involved in arts and crafts is that it is fun! If you are panicking that you will not know how to guide your child through their first craft, there is no need to worry; there are plenty of arts and crafts ideas for all ages from pre-schoolers up through teenage artists.

Best practices for doing arts & crafts with kids

1. Don't ask "What is it?" when you are befuddled as to the identity of your kid's final creation. Just ask your kid to tell you more about their art or craft, and let them explain how they see their creation.

2. There will be a mess. There is nothing you can do about it. As soon as you make that realization, the whole experience will be far more enjoyable. Indeed, sometimes it is even important to make a mess. Take that knowledge to plan ahead. Get a large clear workspace for your kids, and give them the opportunity to be creative without having to worry about getting paint on your new Persian rug

2. Making arts and crafts is supposed to be about using your imagination. For this reason, try not to show your kids a completed craft as an example. Instead, let your kids learn to interpret the instructions as they wish in order to truly be creative. This will also give your kids a good lesson on the best ways to follow and adapt instructions.

4. Making arts and crafts requires a lot of focus. For this reason, it is best to get your kids to calm down a bit before placing them in front of glue and scissors.

Basic supplies for making arts & crafts with kids

Just like your kitchen pantry, a kid's craft drawer should have a few staples. While you may need something more specific for special crafts, for the most part you will be able to get by with the following list: kid-friendly paint, scissors, crayons, etc. It's also a good idea to keep a drawer stocked with construction paper, beads, glitter, paint brushes, glue sticks, and the ever popular "wiggly eyes."

The education benefit of arts & crafts

Arts and crafts can be used to apply hands-on learning to any subject. Using crafts this way helps kids think more in-depth about the subject of their artwork or craft projects. Virtually any subject matter can be taught using arts & crafts with a little creativity. For instance, if you are learning about world geography, you could have the kids make a tissue paper globe.

Learn about holidays, history, and any other topic your kids should study. Even math can be enriched through arts and crafts. Remember that school isn't the only place kids should be learning; your kids will be much more willing and excited to learn if you make learning fun with interactive arts and crafts projects.

Some ideas for kids' arts & crafts

Kids' arts and crafts can be quick and simple to keep the attention of on-the-go toddlers. They can also be sophisticated and complex for older kids who are up to a challenge. To get an idea of the scope of arts and crafts projects out there, take a trip to your local arts and crafts store or teacher's supply shop. These stores will have pre-designed craft kits, including jewelry art, painting kits, and other craft ideas. Each kit will come with instructions and all of the materials you require.

Another good idea, once you have gained some experience, is to walk arts and craft stores to shop for kids' art ideas. Here are some ideas: try straw painting, where kids can create arts and crafts by blowing paint through a straw onto a poster board or construction paper; or let your kids dip marbles in paint and roll them across the painting surface for a messy (but fun!) painting project. If you are looking for something a bit less messy then try pipe cleaner art. This is a great craft because kids of all ages can join in. Young children can use their imaginations to create simple objects out of pipe cleaners. Older kids may enjoy incorporating other supplies such as beads into pipe cleaner art.

Mary Amos loves arts and crafts and has been creating amazing projects for kids and families for years. See her exciting new ideas at Arts and Crafts with Kids, and be sure to visit Arts and Crafts for more fun projects!

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Stock Up on Dollar Store Arts and Crafts Now

By Bob Hamilton

Dollar store arts and crafts are always in demand. Whether you are looking for a special gift or just a great way to spend a rainy afternoon with the kids, your local dollar store offers just about anything you would need to pass the time away. From poster board to coloring books and crayons, there is a huge assortment of items to keep both you and the kids happy. In this article I present some of the many dollar store arts and crafts items available at your local dollar store.

* Here you will find scrapbooking supplies of every type. What better way to pass the hours than to work with your youngsters on a new scrapbooking project.

* Poster board, drawing tablets, and paper of all types can generally be found. The young artist or painter can spend hours drawing, painting and just doodling.

* For those who prefer you can grab an assortment of coloring books. Pick all your child's favorite cartoons, characters or themes. Your child will be thrilled to display the finished product as page after page is colorfully completed.

* Assemble an assortment of color crayons, colored pencils, pens and paints while at your local dollar store. Don't forget the adhesive tape and other required supplies. You will have an arts and crafts kit to handle almost any project your children can imagine.

* For the child who loves to work with their hands, consider modeling clay. Modeling clay not only provides a completely different activity, but it works as a great way to break up the activities your children have before them.

* Craft kits are another great way to spend the hours of a cold or rainy day. The great news; most include all the materials and they also include directions. Just follow the directions to a craft masterpiece!

* Puzzles are fun for children of all ages. Young and old will spend hours focused on being the one who finds that last puzzle piece and places in its rightful location.

* Photo albums are another way to spend time with your children working at your side. Sort those photos and start placing them in the right albums. Your kids will enjoy reliving some of the moments. They will also enjoy seeing pictures of friends and relatives who they rarely get to see in person.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Whether it is dollar store arts and crafts, board games, playing cards or even toys, a trip to your local dollar store might be the perfect way to start an exciting afternoon or evening with your children.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Art Kits for Children - Simple but Expressive

Despite all the complicated high tech toys which receive so much attention, simple art kits for children remain a favorite among kids and their parents. Here are some details on types of kits and where to purchase them.

First of all kids still love to imagine and use their creativity. An art kit is a great way for kids to express themselves in a constructive and creative manner. Art kits come in a great many different types. They can include simple paint kits which might have different colors of paint, paint brushes, and paper.

Or you can find terrific art kits which contain colored markers, colored pencils, and brightly colored paper. This is a great way for your kids to doodle and create all kinds of "works of art".

Some art kits get more involved. There are many kinds of craft kits you can purchase. Some of them allow your child to create jewelry or string together colored beads into a pretty necklace or bracelet. There are also some kits which let you child complete leatherwork type projects. Maybe they want to make a wallet or even a pair of moccasins.

You can also go from simple kits to much more involved types. For example a simple paint kit can be just that – simple. Or you can add an easel and many more kids of paint, brushes, etc. to expand the kind of artwork your child can create.

Other kinds of art kits might use different kinds of paper, markers, and glued on trim like feathers, or foam. Or perhaps your child is a budding sculpture? Well then get him/her a bunch of modeling clay and tools. They can make interesting shapes and even paint them later.

If desired your child might be interested to learn how to do pottery. There are some great kits you can purchase just for these purposes.

Most of these kits and many others can be purchased from online stores which specialize in arts and crafts. The best thing to do is to Google search and investigate different sites which apply. You'll find a lot of kits to choose from in all sorts of price levels, sizes, and types. Most of them have a lot of details including pictures so you'll have a wonderful idea of what you are purchasing.

And you can also check out local arts and crafts stores or even toy stores. They carry a wide variety of art kits for children. So you'll be sure to find just what you and your child are looking for.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Craft Skills for Children

By Diane Drinkwater

Teaching children to sew is a great skill that will help them throughout their life. It can start as simple as sewing a button back on a shirt or mending a dropped hem. It's a good thing to teach children these skills from an early age. There are lots of craft kits that involve sewing and stitching that they might be interested in too. Basic cross stitch is quite simple and there are sets that are ideal for younger children too.

Once they have an interest in dolls then it's a good time to start to teach them about making dolls clothes. This is where you can really fire up their imagination. When a child is about 11 they're probably about the right age for starting to use a sewing machine. They might even be taught sewing at school.

Patterns are available online or they can learn to cut their own patterns out by looking at how their dolls existing clothes are made. It's easy to see where seams are and where fabric has been folded over. Tops are easy, trousers are simple and basic dresses are just a bit more work than a top. Adding zips takes a bit more skill so start them on easier fixings like velcro or press studs or even buttons.

The bigger a doll is, generally the easier it is to make dolls clothes. There are less tricky bits when the pattern is bigger. Even dolls like barbie can be made clothes at home. Some children learn to knit and will soon get the hang of making dolls clothes or blankets for their toys. All craft skills they learn as children will stay with them as they get older.

Once they've learn to follow proper patterns there'll be no stopping them and they will perhaps even start making their own clothes, or designing outfits for themselves.

There are lots of craft kits for children that will encourage their artistic creative talents.

All sorts of toys for children including craft sets and kits. Toys can be educational as well as fun. Top 10 Toys for for some great toy gift ideas.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Kid's Craft: Make Your Child's Day

Author: David Newey

It's always a challenge to keep kids occupied during school holidays or on cold winter days when they are unable to go outside. Next time your child says "I'm bored" why not give them craft supplies. A great way to ensure you have all you need to complete the project is by buying a Craft Kit especially made with kids in mind. Kid’s craft kits offer a wide range of imaginative and creative activities for your kids.

You may gift your child a Build-a-pen-holder kit. This kit allows your child to build a pen holder in the shape of a motorbike, plane, crab, car, or a crab. Easy and safe to use, these children’s craft kits are a great way of entertaining as well as educating your child.

If your child is one of those who love modelling why not try clay or paper magiclay compunds. The Clay and PaperMagiclay can be used on it's own or you may use a rolling pin and modelling tools to create your model.

On the other hand, if your child is one of those who love drawing and painting, you may like to choose a variety of items to make up a drawing box. Craft 4 Less has everything you need for your young artist - paints, crayons, pencils, oil pastels, markers, brushes, water pots, face paints, canvas, and paper. Let their creativity and imaginations soar.

There are also foam bug kids craft kits that allow children to make foam butterfly, grasshopper, bee, and spider. Then, there are Origami kids craft kits that have everything children need to make - Artic Animals, Australian Animals, Dinosaurs and jungle animals.

In addition to these, there are paper craft kits that help children make masks, money boxes, door hangers, book marks, Kangaroos, dinosaurs, and dragons. Also, there are pom pom kits that feature everything kids need to make animals like bugs, frogs, spiders, kangaroos, and koalas out of pom pom.

For those who love making puppets, there is puppet making kits that help children make puppets out of paper, wood, or felt. Finally, the construction and collage kids craft section contains wooden craft sticks, match sticks, paper, and tissue paper to help children make crafts of different kinds.

Finding these craft items is simple and with online shopping your craft supplies order will be delivered straight to your door. One Australian Craft company with over 2000 products is Craft for Less. For more information on art and craft supplies for kids log onto

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Princess Craft Projects and Kits For Girls

By Jillian Gallo

Princess craft projects and kits are my favorite girls activity. I use them at a girls birthday party or at my kitchen table on rainy or snowy days when the kids cannot go outside and play. Kids arts and crafts projects get your child's imagination flowing and you will be surprised at some of the wonderful ideas and designs they come up with.

Here you will find the descriptions of several princess crafts that come in a kit form. Of course, if you take a look at these kits you can figure out what supplies you will need to make your own kit. When I am feeling particularly crafty I gather my own supplies. When I am rushed, or find a great sale where the craft kits are cheap, I buy them. Most of these kits I am talking about come in their own individual packages, so if it makes 12 of the craft project, you will get 12 individual packages. This way you can save the extras or send them home as a party favor.

The first fun princess craft project is making a Precious Princess Photo Frame. This is a kit with enough supplies to make 12 photo frames. These pretty frames come with lots of pastel colored stickers to decorate them with. You have to add your own photos. There is a second craft kit that makes photo frames, but the second kit is made out of foam. You get shapes like princess, a crown and a castle. These are very cute and look more sturdy than the first batch. Although they look cute too.

There are some Foam Princess Hat Craft Kits. In each of these kits you will find the hennin, a tall or cone shaped hat worn in medieval times. You can hang a piece of cloth or netting that you get in the kit from it so it has a flowing look to it. It also comes with some royal stickers to decorate each hat with.

The fourth of our Princess craft project kits is a Foam Tiara kit. Again you get some foam adhesive stickers to decorate each of the tiaras with. You will get some pretty imaginative looking tiaras from some of the kids at your craft table! And your daughter and her friends will all look like real princesses when they wear these tiaras.

Here is one of my favorite craft projects. It is a Crown Sand Art kit. You get 24 crown templates. There are 6 different designs and you get four of each one. You also get packages of sand. The tops of the crowns are adhesive or you get some glue...then you color in each of the crowns using packs of colored sand. These are so much fun to make and look great when you are done. You also get lots so the fun can go on and on.

How about making a Glittering Fairy Wand? You can find a craft kit that comes with the supplies you need to make 12 magic wands. Each of the 12 kits comes with a 12" wooden dowel and star shaped foam cutouts. You will have to supply the glue to attach the stars to the wooden sticks. Add some glitter to make your wand sparkle!

There is a Renaissance Princess Jeweled Crown kit too. This bright yellow foam crown can be decorated with self adhesive jewels or lots of glitter to make them as regal as can be.

The last of the princess craft projects is the Princess Paper Dolls And Stickers Kit. You get 12 cardboard princess dolls and over 100 stickers for each doll. Use these stickers to decorate and clothe these fun paper dolls. Paper dolls used to be my favorite toy when I was a young girl, I bet your daughter will have fun with this collection too.

Check out Princess Craft Projects for kids are the heart of a girls party. Little girls will be thrilled with the Princess Party Supplies and the fun games you find, but they will really enjoy making these party craft ideas. You can also find free, printable tiara templates so you can make a tiara and printable princess coloring pages so your kids and your guests can color princesses all day!

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Importance of Arts & Crafts For Preschoolers

By Heather Durham

The importance of early childhood arts education has received increased attention in recent years. Although this is good news, the majority of funding is directed to grades K-12, with preschools being largely left out.

To offset the potential lack of arts and crafts education at your child's preschool; you can incorporate art into your daily routine at home. Keep a variety of inexpensive art materials available. Crayons, finger paint, paint brushes and a variety of paper is an inexpensive way to start. Many household items, such as string, sponges, coffee filters and food items can also be incorporated into art activities. Art in early childhood education programs is an essential building block of development and bridges learning with other subject areas.

The first and easiest step to remember is: be creative! Spontaneous creative play, is what young children naturally do-singing, dancing, drawing, and role-playing. Studies have shown that the arts engage all the senses. When caregivers engage and encourage children in arts activities on a regular basis from early in life, they are laying the foundation for, and even helping wire children's brains for successful learning. When you allow your child to express themselves creatively they will achieve a sense of accomplishment.

An example of an educational preschool easy craft is making a pipe cleaner bird feeder.

Pipe Cleaner Bird Feeder

Stringing the cereal onto the pipe cleaners allows young children to practice their fine motor skills.

What you need:

  • Pipe cleaner

  • Cheerios (or similar)

Directions: Make a loop at one end of the pipe cleaner. Thread cereal on to the pipe cleaner. Leave enough space to make another loop. Hang the feeder anywhere outside.

Parents should not feel that they are not creative enough to make crafts. There are many types of crafts to make and there is something for everyone.To help get the creative juices flowing, visit Our projects are easy, educational and fun! Preschool Easy Crafts is your all-in-one stop for preschool crafts, recipes, printables and supplies.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Kids Craft Kits - A Solution to Christmas Present Dilemmas

By Miranda Xavier

Christmas has become very commercial and if you have kids it can get very expensive; then after half an hour they are bored with it all. There is a solution; get Christmas presents which require input - kids craft kits are perfect to keep them occupied for longer!

If you want to guarantee that a present will be a success then you really do need to choose carefully. There are several areas which need to be considered.

1. The target age. Once your kids are over three you can pretty much ignore the target age on some toys - however, this does not apply to craft kits. The age will define the expected level of fine motor skills required for the projects included. It will also define the tools required; such as craft knives and scissors.

2. The number of projects included. It is always worth getting a craft kits which has several projects. This means that if one is damaged there is always others to work on. It also means that if there are cousins or friends over during the Christmas season, there will be enough to keep more than one child occupied.

3. What is involved in the project? This may sound bizarre, but there are some kids craft kits which require placing moulds into the cooker to help them set - as all parents are aware there is more than one thing in demand at Christmas than a mother - it is the cooker! Equally anything which has smelly chemicals is not a good idea for a winter activity.

All in the kids craft kits are a great present, but there are always pitfalls. Be extra cautious with bargains as you may find that they are old stock and that the paint has dried out, the playdo is hard and the glue is incapable of holding anything together.

If you are going to invest in crafts this Christmas then make sure that you take a little time to think about them, this will ensure that you get the correct ones and that they are a success.

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Top Ten Reasons Arts and Crafts Helps Boost a Child's Self Esteem

By Elena Neitlich

A child's self esteem is built throughout the course of childhood. Although ultimately the child develops her own perceptions of self and builds her own self esteem, reinforcement from the outside world is crucial in fortifying the child's self assessment. Appropriate responses to the child support the child's opinion of herself, "I think that I did a nice job completing this arts and crafts project." "Yes, you did a terrific job completing your arts and crafts project. I can tell by the quality of the finished piece that you really put your all into it!"

Praise just for the sake of praise isn't effective in building a child's self esteem. Kids are very insightful, especially teens, and even the most enthusiastic praise will ring hollow if it is not attached to something meaningful. "Wow, you are amazing!" "Why, what did I do?"

Creative activities such as arts and crafts provide an outstanding opportunity for adults to help bolster a child's self esteem. As the child works the observant adult has almost unlimited opportunities to point out what the child is doing well.

Top ten reasons arts and crafts helps boost a child's self esteem.

1. Arts and crafts invites the child to experiment with supplies, techniques, and directions that are often foreign and intimidating. Tackling and becoming adept at creative new tasks brings satisfaction and gratification to children of all ages.

2. Arts and crafts encourages children to push themselves to plan and finish an entire project. Children feel a great sense of accomplishment when they are responsible for completing an entire task from A to Z.

3. Arts and crafts classes produce a fertile environment for meeting and interacting with new people. It can be difficult for some children to venture beyond their comfort zones and intermingle with children they don't know. It is very flattering and a boost to self esteem for children to hit it off and work with new friends.

4. Arts and crafts classes force children to take risk and put themselves and their work "out there". It is a gamble to create something and show people because there is the possibility of receiving criticism. Children, especially teens are averse to this type of hazard. A supportive arts and crafts trainer creates an environment where children feel comfortable exposing their work. Children who learn how to tackle risk are better suited and more comfortable tackling appropriate risk as adults.

5. Arts and crafts teach open mindedness. Creative questions do not have finite answers like math or physics problems. When doing arts and crafts children learn how to explore the many different possible solutions to the problems that they face. Being imaginative and open minded allows for them to invent solutions that are exciting and inspired. Children gain the confidence to tackle many problems in creative and ingenious ways.

6. Arts and crafts aid in dispelling a child's "limiting beliefs". It is very common for children to create ideas about their own abilities that restrict their activities. Thoughts like, "I am not smart enough to do this," are destructive and chip away at their self esteem. Craft projects teach children how to change damaging preconceived notions. Children learn how much they truly are capable of and build on each experience gaining confidence with each project.

7. Arts and crafts projects illustrate to children that they can achieve success. It is good for children to discover that they can be victorious. Success feels great and inspires children to reach for more and attempt harder and harder tasks.

8. Arts and crafts allows an opportunity for children to let loose and have fun. In a relaxed and non-competitive atmosphere children can explore their carefree and imaginative side. Seeing that they are multidimensional beings contributes to their overall sense of well being and a healthy sense of self.

9. Arts and crafts classes permit children to see themselves in a fresh, new light. It is important that kids have the opportunity to survey many different pursuits. Allowing kids to choose the activities that excite and delight them gives them the confidence to later pursue their own interests and eventually choose meaningful careers and pastimes.

10. Arts and crafts promote a passion for learning! Kids who have expanded their confidence through creativity and developing a healthy self esteem are curious about learning new things. The self assurance that they build doing arts and crafts overflows into all of their endeavors making for a rich and highly satisfying childhood.

Elena Neitlich is owner of Arts and Crafts Moms at If you want to follow your passion for creativity, start your own business, and have a lasting impact on kids and teens, become a certified Arts and Crafts Trainer Take the steps to make a difference in the lives of kids and in your own life.

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Benefits of Craft Kits

By Kara Kelso

Craft kits make a great activity for kids of all ages. But did you know how beneficial they can really be? Not only do they keep kids occupied and allow you to spend family time, but the benefits over craft kits can out weigh basic crafts by quite a bit. Before you jump into your next craft, be sure to read the following.

1. Save Money

A craft kit comes with just enough supplies for the craft you are making. No wasted leftovers, and no buying large amounts of items you may or may not use again.

2. Save Time

Instead of searching everywhere for supplies, you save time just buying one kit with everything you need. Some kits even include basic items like the glue, crayons, etc.

3. Better Finished Product

As great as our imagination can be, sometimes having already made pieces can make a better product. This makes it much easier to make crafts for gifts for others that they will love.

Craft kits can be found in lots of different places, but be sure to see our website for our top picks. Craft kits aren't as expensive as you may think, and a few dollars can make a lot of crafts! For example, our favorite place to buy craft kits offers packs of kits that make more than one of the same craft. Which is great for gifts, activities at birthday parties, or rainy day fun with friends. This particular site also has fantastic prices on their crafts, making it easy to buy several different kits at a time.

Have fun!

Kara Kelso is the mother of two and owner of Idea Queen, a resource site for parents. Be sure to visit Idea Queen for suggestions on craft kits for kids.

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