Aidan and I love to craft, I know I’ve done such an amazing job of keeping that little fact a secret, but it’s true.
I am extremely blessed to have my own little craft space and Aidan him is pretty lucky that I don’t lock him out completely.
He knows what is completely off limits (like fabric markers and blades) and what he can use…stamps and off cuts of paper or felt.
I have had a lot of people ask me for advice on setting up a craft box for their kid and I thought I would share our basic 6…here goes
- Paper scraps
I keep left over wrapping paper, gift bags and the like for him to use. The uses are endless and its recycling so double win
We use the school grade white glue for “heavy duty projects” but I mostly let him use a glue stick because at the end of the day he is only three and I’m not about the clean up life. A nice tip for using the white school glue is to saturate a kitchen sponge in the glue and put it in a container, they can then just dip their fingers in to get some glue.
This is up to you, it works well for us (I use the blade-less plastic ones for his kit) I started teaching him how to use scissors by letting him cut up play dough worms and he has quite a good handle on it by now
You can get really nice kits for your kid. I’m cheap and buy biggish containers and then decant. I either use a old ice-cube tray as a paint pallet or I do the glue trick but with paint, saturate a sponge and he can dip. A nice mess free tip is to fill empty roll-on deodorant bottles with paint…think fat pen
I love foam stickers I really do! You can stick them on things to make stamps, you can decorate with them and you can use them to teach simple matching skills! A def must
- Ice-cream/ Popsicle sticks
The uses are endless, paint them, glue them stick things on them and they are really cheap and cheerful so I always pop this into craft sets.
There are a ton of things I could add. Glitter glue, which Aidy loves, crayons, which I didn’t add because I feel like it is such a given, pom poms, stamps, stencils and so much more, but those 6 items open up a world of crafting and everything else is are super fun additions.