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Finding Craft Ideas for Summer Kids - Country Living

Finding Craft Ideas for Summer Kids

Are you searching for new craft ideas that will increase your children’s skill level or development? Or perhaps maybe you feel like you are just not a creative type and you’re struggling with new ideas to keep children occupied on rainy days or even just to keep them away from the television set all summer long. While it is true that some people just have a knack for finding and even inventing craft ideas your own creativity in this area may just be a little under-developed. You will improve at this as time passes, as children come to your home after school or you raise home-schoolers, or even when your grandkids arrive for a few weeks during their summer vacation. In the meantime, there are ways to find easy craft ideas until you get there.

First, lay aside perfectionism. Limiting yourself into believing there is only one right way to create an object will makes every decision on which craft to tackle harder on both you and the children you’re in charge of. Believe me children will have their own ways of doing things, regardless of any directions you give them, and therein lies a large part of their development. As long as you’ve taken account of their age and skill level your choice will be sufficient.Kids not in school? Too hot, cold, sunny, rainy to go outside?

Next, 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.

Another consideration is this – boys and girls have different likes when it comes to craft activities, especially once they’ve passed the age of four years. If the craft seems a little girly, don’t attempt to gain your boys’ attention. Stick with lace-up billfolds, dinosaur related artwork or Indian artifacts. Girls will like beads, cookie decoration, and anything that is pink or purple. For a craft idea for both sexes, keep it on the boyish side and add some girly twists to make everyone happy.

An aspect of creativity that some non-creative types don’t realize is that one idea will launch from other ideas. If you get the children talking and listen to their thoughts you can receive feedback for making a similar craft in a different way on your next day at the table. Craft ideas books are excellent for this type of lateral crafting as well. Use what you can and change what you must. For instance, the craft may have a slogan to be written across the front of an item the children just made. Change it up for the age of the group, the common element, to turn the item into a gift for a special person – whatever works.

Finally, realize that you don’t have to change the instructions or create something new to have a good craft idea for children. The kids will have a great time either way. Just pick a craft idea and let the children lead you into more creativity – they are naturals at it.

About Laura Childs

Country Living enthusiast Laura Childs was a downtown city girl for many years before heading to the hills to live a sustainable lifestyle, raise her daughter, get back to the land, and learn the time tested traditions of a simpler era.

Throughout her farm life adventures of raising animals, working from home, home schooling her daughter, and being more green, Laura Childs has been sharing on the GoodByeCityLife website through articles and personal musings since 1998.

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