When it comes to the mess, we all have different tolerance levels of managing them, and in fact, there may be nothing messier than doing art and craft with our kids. Many parents have to struggle with the idea of doing art and craft with their kids because they don’t like the mess! So today, I would like to share here five tips to help you manage and minimize the mess of art and craft with your kids. Remember that making art and craft is such an important part of a child’s development, therefore, it is really worth the effort. WISELY CHOOSE YOUR CREATIVE TIME Whether it is the first thing to do in the morning or right after naptime, you should plan the time for creative activities when everyone is fresh and relaxed. Set up the activities before involving your kids so that they don’t have to wait around, touching

Tips for Setting Up a Craft Room (part 3)

  A Chair with Wheels A chair with wheels is very handy! Sometimes you want to move to an area without leaving your seat. Someone may think this is incredibly lazy, however, you will appreciate this chair in case of being immersed in a craft project. A Pegboard and Hooks It is incredibly useful to mount a pegboard on a wall near your craft table. You can also use hooks to store your craft tools on the board so that don’t have to deal with disorganization and frustration when searching for needed tools. Bulletin Boards Bulletin boards are useful for pinning to-do-lists, photos, bills, inspirations, and other papers. Decorate it with paper or fabric to match with the rest of your craft room decor if you want! A Desk These days, a computer is an integral part of crafting. You need it for tweaking pictures in Photoshop or attaching to

Sports Arts and Crafts for Kids (part 1)

  Is there any kid who you have ever met don’t like running around outside? I’m sure the answer is NO. Whether it’s with a ball or not, all kids love to show off their energy in outdoor activities as well as sports arts and crafts. Regardless of the type of game chosen, athletics are a big part of growing up. You may not be very good at running and tackling but love to be on a team and learn new skills. The great thing about sports arts and crafts is that they turn the passion for games of your children into creative activities. If you have a child that loves DIY games, help them make their own bowling set! If your child loves learning new art techniques, check out the ideas for stamping crafts! If you are looking to get rid of some of that duct tape, try doing

Tips for Setting Up a Craft Room (part 2)

  Divide Your Work Space Into Zones Make your workspace tidy and convenient by dividing it into zones, for example, an area for your computer and digital needs, another one for crafting projects (sewing, painting, paper crafting, etc.), and another one as a gift wrapping station. If you want to take pictures of your crafts, organize your photo equipment next to the window. There is not any standard size that fits all people’s plan to establish work zones. You have to set up zones and determine your crafting needs according to your preferences. That helps you stay efficient and organized. Windows That Can Allow Natural Light into the Room It is wonderful if your craft room has large windows with natural light pouring in. However, this is not possible for all crafters because many are stuck in basement areas which only have small or nonexistent windows. Many crafters have blogs

Football Player Paper Plate Craft

  This is instruction about making a football player with a paper plate. It is a special gift for your children who love both crafting and football. Instead of using the template eyes, if you cut out holes in the football player craft, you can convert it to a mask. Attach a tongue depressor or paint stir stick to allow your children to hold it up to their face. Materials: color paint and paintbrush (you can keep the football player’s face white if you don’t like painting) paper plate color printer or something to color with a pair of scissors glue paper printer Options for mask: thin strip of wood, paint stir stick, or tongue depressor. Instructions: Paint the bottom of the paper plate flesh color (you can leave it white if you want). Print out your craft template choice. Color if you want to use the black and white

Tips for Setting Up a Craft Room (part 1)

Crafting is an effective way to relieve stress for many people. Your craft space should be an area which promotes relaxation, creativity, and fun. There are several ideas to consider when designating a space which is devoted solely to the pursuit of crafts. Think about the following points when setting up your craft area. Firstly, does the room have enough space for your work and enough space to organize your tools and supplies? You may choose a basement room, an extra bedroom, or a part of any other room which is designated for another purpose. Remember to consider the type of the room’s floor. A carpeted room seems not to be a good idea if you work with chemicals, paints, or solvents when making crafts. Secondly, does the room have privacy? Your craft area should be away from the active spaces of your family. You will need a place which

8 Tips for Doing Arts & Crafts With Kids

Doing arts and crafts with your kids is always messy. Just take it easy! But if it makes you stressed and uncomfortable, use butcher paper or newsprint to cover surfaces and to catch drops of glue and bits of glitter and paper. Use materials, like markers, adhesive, that are washable. Then take a relax. When you and your kids are finished, roll the butcher paper or newsprint up and easily discard the mess. Don’t present your kids any firm examples of the result of crafting. You should present various options, so your kids can use their imagination to create. Their idea is more important than how they execute it. Choose crafts which are suitable for your kids’ age, capability, and strengths. If the crafts are complicated, break them into steps and just introduce which ones your kids can do. You don’t need to keep your kids’ crafts forever. Crafts take

12 practical ways to organize kids’ craft supplies (part 2)

Mason Jars It’s easy to use mason jars to store your kids’ craft supplies and it looks quite good when arranging them together on a shelf! They are colorful and lovely enough so that you don’t need to paint them if you don’t want to. Recycled Food Jars It’s not only mason jars that can be used to store craft supplies. Any kind of jars like sauce jars, jam jars, pickle jars that can be washed and dried can be repurposed into storage for beads, buttons, etc. Ribbon organizer It is always a problem for us to organize the ribbons because they get tangled and look limp whenever we try to untangle them from each other. There is a great idea to solve the problem; a shoebox with holes punched in it for the ribbon to come out! This helps your kid to pull the length of ribbon as they

12 practical ways to organize kids’ craft supplies (part 1)

It is happy for parents to see their children involved in crafts – cutting, pasting and creating works of art. But the mess they make isn’t as pleasant! If you don’t have a proper home for all your craft supplies, everything will be dumped into a big basket or box. As a result, when your children want to craft the next time, they just need to dig through that basket or box to find the suitable supplies for their work! So, the solution is organizing the craft supplies of your kids. Here we have 10 practical ways to organize your kids’ craft supplies. Salt and Pepper Shakers for Glitter Glitter seems to be the messiest among all craft supplies. There is an excellent idea of using glass salt and pepper shakers to store glitter in so you and your kids can see the colors from outside. Teach your kids just

How to Introduce Crafts to Kids

All kids are curious and creative – two qualities that go wonderfully together! It’s obvious that they’re naturally inclined towards arts and crafts. Whatever your children’s age, it’s never too late to introduce them to crafts. Let’s learn how to introduce crafts to kids naturally and effectively. Start with a favorite story A favorite story or book of your children is a good idea for a starting point. There are many crafts based on famous children’s books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, Horton Hears a Who, Pete the Cat. If your children have their own favorite characters, start with crafts which are based on them. Look at your children’s interests Some kids go through phases of intense obsession. It could be about cars, trains, trucks or even Spiderman. A scrapbook is a great idea for your children to cut out pictures of trains from magazines