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I’m Gemma, welcome to our crafty corner. Hopefully we can give you and your kids some inspirational ideas when it comes to crafts & activities.
Maybe you are stuck at home on a rainy day or just looking for something different to do to keep the kids busy. My kids will play with their toys for so long before they are asking for screen time or announcing that they are bored.
I am sure I am not alone in this predicament lol!
Perhaps you are still homeschooling your kids in this crazy world we are living in now. I know the struggles! And if you a working parent it can especially be difficult working from home and juggling homeschool at the same time!
Ive designed these homeschool schedules as a guide to help you along your day. Time management is one thing we all struggle with! Personally I always find that when I know what is happening each day at a certain time, our day usually goes by a bit more smoothly.
You can print off our ready made schedule and follow that. Alternatively there are 2 attractive schedules that you can choose from and fill in according to your daily routine.
We’ve also made a list of 20 ideas that will not only be fun for the kids but might also get some learning squeezed in too. It’s a WIN WIN!!
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The Benefits Of Crafting
Of course when it comes to crafting there are so many possibilities. And not only does it take them away from that screen time, there can be lots of developmental benefits to crafting too.
So what can your child get out of crafting?
Fine Motor Skills
Children are using fine motor skills all the time when doing crafts. They are learning to cut with scissors, and hold objects such a pencil or marker. This helps a child to develop their dexterity and hand eye co-ordination which will eventually give them the skills they need to do everyday tasks such as writing or fastening a snapper on their coat.
Shape Recognition & Math
Crafting can help your child in learning their shapes, colours, numbers, textures and more. They are having to count and become familiar with lots of new shapes. It opens their senses while doing crafts and can give them ample opportunity to explore these things.
Kids can get so creative when crafting. Whether they are big into crafting or not, giving them the opportunity to sit and make something of their very own will fill them with pride and inspire them to become creative. It also helps children to build self-esteem. There are no rules when crafting so children can make mistakes and know that that’s okay.
Helps With Mental Health
Arts and crafts can really help children to express themselves. It can be an escape for many and keeps the brain active. Crafting can help children communicate if they find it difficult otherwise. It can be extremely therapeutic even for adults! Crafting is good for the soul.
Making crafts is a great way to bond with your child. You will find that whilst doing crafts, children will communicate with you about what they are doing. You may talk about other things whilst crafting. It is a perfect chance to bond and spend quality time with your child.
I once read a crafting quote;
“In Crafting There Are No Mistakes, Just Unique Creations“
Our crafty corner provides lots of fun and different activities you can do when the kids are getting ‘bored’. Most of these are very inexpensive activities that take very little prep.
Perhaps you might want to try some cooking or baking with the kids. I’m not the best cook in the world (lol) but I am always up for trying things out with them. You never know, you could have a budding little chef in the family! 😉
You can pretty much do any craft with items from around your house. Here is a list of art/craft items that are handy to have in the house for those rainy days. Most craft stores and thrift stores carry these items;
- Pencil Crayons
- White Paper/Coloured Paper
- Card Stock
- Hot Glue
- Pipe Cleaners
- Pom Poms
- Googly Eyes
- Craft/Popsicle Sticks
- Paints (water colour, acrylics, poster.. )
- Pastels/Oil Pastels
And of course you can also reuse items from around the house to ‘make things’ too. Here are a few that we’ve used for crafts;
- Cardboard Boxes
- Kitchen Roll Tubes
- Cotton Wool/Buds
- Food Colouring
- Paper Plates
- Egg Boxes
- Plastic Bottles
- Bottle Tops/Caps
- Tin Foil
- Tooth Picks/Cocktail Sticks
- Paper Cups
So the list is endless….. just don’t be afraid to try things. Get those little hands creating 🙂
And have fun with it.. have fun crafting 😉
*Our Holiday craft section is in construction at the moment so please bare with us and come back and visit again!
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