I personally love crafts, but after my kids came along I realized that I didn’t actually own many kid-friendly craft supplies. Glue guns are hot, scissors are too sharp, and you can forget any sort of metal working! After numerous trips to the supply store, I eventually figured out what materials work best with children. Here are my favorite essentials for a kid-friendly craft kit. Many can even be found in your own home.
- Writing utensils: markers, crayons, pencils and pens (I avoid anything permanent, as it inevitably ends up on the carpet)
- Something to draw on: construction or printer paper, cardboard, paper towel and toilet paper rolls, paper plates
- Kid-friendly glue: Elmer’s glue, glue sticks or glue dots work best
- Accessories: clay, pipe cleaners, pom poms, ribbon and popsicle sticks
- Decorative items: stamps, glitter, stickers, googly eyes and beads
Hand your kids any of these items, and they’re sure to create a masterpiece. Some of my favorite kids’ crafts are things that are totally personal to your child, such as handprint, thumbprint or footprint artwork and crafts that involve photographs. It’s also fun to create things using children’s names or pictures of family members.
For more craft fun with less mess, consider setting up a craft station for your kids. An easel or art table gives children a space of their own to create and store their artwork. You can even find craft kits that include all the craft essentials you may need. For older kids, consider more specialized crafting items like a pottery wheel. For kids who are just discovering art, make it accessible with fun bath crayons or travel sketchpads.
What are your favorite craft items for kids?