Help Kids be Successful Crafters

Children can become frustrated when they are crafting if they feel the project is too difficult.   Using the tips below you can help children to feel successful and nurture their love of crafting.

  • When kids are creating remember that it is perfectly fine if they do things a little bit differently than you do.
  • Praise the child while they are crafting and reassure them that their project is wonderful just how it is.
  • It’s OK to help but don’t take over. It will take a child longer than an adult to complete some projects so just be patient and let them try to work it out themselves.
  • If a young child is going to make something that involves a lot of cutting and they are having trouble mastering a pair of scissors, cut out the pieces ahead of time for them and just have them do the assembly or leave one or two items for them to cut but have the others already cut.
  • When tracing and cutting out, be sure the side with the tracing lines becomes the back so the lines don’t show. The project will look better this way therefore the child will feel better about the end results.
  • When spreading glue over a large area, squeeze some glue out of the bottle and spread it with a popsicle stick, paintbrush or foam brush (applicator).
  • To attach a bar pin to a project, heavy duty double sided tape works great. Check out the Hints & Tips section on Craft Elf for a picture and explanation of the easiest way to do this.
  • Use glue dots! They don’t require any dry time and are much less messy than white glue. How to use Glue Dots can be found in an earlier blog from Craft Elf.
  • When cutting, turn the object you are cutting into the scissors whenever possible. Do not turn the scissors.
  • When gluing small objects such as goggly eyes onto a larger object, squeeze the glue onto the larger object where you want the smaller object to be then place the smaller object into the glue. 
  • When working with glitter, work over a paper towel or a piece of paper. After sprinkling the glitter over the glued area, fold the paper towel in half and pour the extra back into your container. The glitter lasts much longer this way! I use to instruct large groups of children and when we worked with glitter I would give each child a Dixie cup to pour their glitter into. Then we would collect the cups of glitter and pour them back into the original container. I usually came home with almost as much glitter as I started with and I saved the cups for the next project with glitter.
  • If your child wants to experiment with craft supplies let them. They may come up with something you never thought of or they may just make a mess but it is sure to be one of their favorite experiences.
Crafting with kids is a great way to let them express themselves. It helps to develop fine motor skills and helps them think outside the box. 
For many years I brought craft projects into the local elementary school and I never found a child who did not want to participate.  As these children have grown up and I have seen them in the community, they still remember the projects we made and many have told me they still have all the items they made!  Crafting with kids is a very rewarding and memorable experience for both the child and the adult helper!

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