Having some kids’ craft activities on hand can keep them busy while you are doing other things. When it is raining and they cannot go outside in the summer time or when it is just too cold in the winter time, they can create cards and pictures and little gifts for family and friends. It only takes a few simple things to make the whole day seem so much better. Gather up items in a box and keep them together so that they are ready whenever they are needed. A small plastic tote is a great way to keep everything together and tidy. Have a second tote on hand to store some of the finished projects as well.
In addition to buying some at a craft store, you can use items that you find. A great activity that you might want to use is a nature hike where you can find additional craft items. The kids will be excited to find pine cones and other items –they might find new uses for items that you had not thought of. There are dozens of craft projects that start with nothing more than a pine cone for instance. Another great item that can be found is feathers, but these should be washed carefully before they are used as craft items.
From discount stores and dollar stores, you can add in some items like glue, glitter glue and pipe cleaners. Of course, you will want to stock the box with things like markers and crayons and some really prefer using paint for the majority of their projects. If you live near a thrift store or you are a frequent yard sale shopper, you can find items that are half finished or are ready to be taken apart for the parts. You might even find things like boxes of wiggle eyes or pom-poms that can become bunny ears, doggy eyes or anything the child imagines them to be.
For an older child, balloons can be added to the craft box to be used for a number of different art projects, including making decoupage and other paper crafts. Balloons can also be used as the basis for hours of entertainment as they try to learn how to make them into familiar animals. In addition to those, you can also include a few books that will give them some project ideas as well. There is no limit to what you can do with a few simple items and some kids craft activities.