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I'm the "Little Crafty Kids" Contributor on Squidoo

Updated on April 29, 2014

Welcome to the World of Tiny Creativity!

Most homes with small children are a whirlwind of mess - but in our house it's not just toys everywhere, our living room is also generally covered in crafty bits!

From pipe cleaners to glitter tubes, googley eyes to foam shapes and letters, there are mini craft projects everywhere.

Getting creative with toddlers and preschool kids is so much fun, and I now leave out a box of craft materials for my 4-year-old daughter to delve into at will, which is great because she randomly surprises me with pictures and creations!

We've been crafting together since she was one, and I'm hoping that her new baby brother will follow in our crafty footsteps (did I mention that I'm an avid crafter too?)

I'm a firm believer in unleashing creativity in children, and letting them loose with craft materials is one of the very best ways! It's also a super way to reuse and recycle almost everything in the house - we have a mountain of empty toilet rolls, shoe boxes and the like awaiting customization - and my little girl is now forever saving bits and bobs - "Don't throw that away, Mummy, we can use it in a craft!"

So, if you are looking for fun ways to craft with under-fives, then join us on our mini crafting adventures! Read on to find out more about me and what we like to create.

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Entering our Crafty World

Hello! I'm Louise, by the way, and I've always enjoyed being creative, which developed into a love of crafting in my twenties.

I'm also a sucker for cute things, a big lover of project lists, and a former school library manager, all of which have combined to make me a massive fan of coming up with ideas for baby, toddler and preschooler crafts (among other activities!)

I am happily passing my crafting genes onto my kids, whom we shall call by their nicknames of Pud (as in pudding) and Bean (as in, er, bean).

Pud has been crafting since the ripe old age of one. Now four, we are going for crafting full throttle - this is the beginnings of the conversion of my office/craft room into an office/craft room/learning space/kids art room - we are home educators and naturally, we have to have a nice big space for all the kids crafts we have planned! And yes, we have filled all those drawers already...

Homeschooling means that we also get to go to lots of home ed groups, which involve a lot of crafts as well - and that means even more ideas to play with. These groups are mixed ages so they are great for coming up with craft activities that can be tackled by a group of children with different ages and abilities.

Meet Pud... - who will be roadtesting all the ideas this Crafty Mama comes up with!

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It all began with drawing and coloring......when Pud was just 1!When Pud turned 2, she got really into Play Doh...... and all kinds of painting......and even making Christmas decorations!At 3, a love of paper crafts continued (along with the drawing)......and Pud got into painting ceramics, too!Pud now loves making and customizing cards for her friends...... and decorating her own items like this sparkle jewelry box kitWe craft for the seasons, from autumn leaf painting......to decorating Halloween pumpkins......to making Christmas puppets!Whether cutting......or sticking......or drawing......we're always busy!Pud is now 4 and has just started basic sewing with a "sew-your-own" kit......and she most definitely LOVES being a Little Crafty Kid!
It all began with drawing and coloring...
It all began with drawing and coloring...
...when Pud was just 1!
...when Pud was just 1!
When Pud turned 2, she got really into Play Doh...
When Pud turned 2, she got really into Play Doh...
... and all kinds of painting...
... and all kinds of painting...
...and even making Christmas decorations!
...and even making Christmas decorations!
At 3, a love of paper crafts continued (along with the drawing)...
At 3, a love of paper crafts continued (along with the drawing)...
...and Pud got into painting ceramics, too!
...and Pud got into painting ceramics, too!
Pud now loves making and customizing cards for her friends...
Pud now loves making and customizing cards for her friends...
... and decorating her own items like this sparkle jewelry box kit
... and decorating her own items like this sparkle jewelry box kit
We craft for the seasons, from autumn leaf painting...
We craft for the seasons, from autumn leaf painting...
...to decorating Halloween pumpkins...
...to decorating Halloween pumpkins...
...to making Christmas puppets!
...to making Christmas puppets!
Whether cutting...
Whether cutting...
...or sticking...
...or sticking...
...or drawing...
...or drawing...
...we're always busy!
...we're always busy!
Pud is now 4 and has just started basic sewing with a "sew-your-own" kit...
Pud is now 4 and has just started basic sewing with a "sew-your-own" kit...
...and she most definitely LOVES being a Little Crafty Kid!
...and she most definitely LOVES being a Little Crafty Kid!

Alas, many of the crafts we enjoyed when Pud was in her early years were not captured on camera. But fear not, because you can now meet...

Bean!

Who is already watching his big sister with intent curiosity from his favourite bouncy chair, and is champing at the bit to get started with his own crafting adventure as soon as his little hands and feet will allow him.

Speaking of which, we absolutely must make a batch of edible paint and try out some baby hand and foot print painting very soon!

So watch this space for some very early years crafting with this little fellow in the coming months.

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Where It All Began...

This is Pud when she had just turned 2, wearing her first big craft project - an Octonauts undersea helmet and search and rescue torch!

Exploring arts, crafts and creativity in general is so important for small children - it encourages their imagination and makes for terrific sensory play, too.

Older babies and 1-year-olds don't have to miss out, either - okay, so they can't get their hands on scissors or glue yet, but there are tons of recipes for safe, edible paint and play-doh, which means they can start making hand print pictures and having a good old squeeze of some modelling dough right from the start!

Ideas and Resources for Little Crafty Kids

Little Crafty Kids can turn everything into art - even the humble empty loo roll can become an object of beauty! Here are a few more ideas...

Let's Get Going with Little Crafty Kids!

Photo Credit: Painted face jars we made for Halloween 2013

So, want to get an idea of the kinds of things we'll be coming up with? Here are just a few of the small world craft topics we have covered, or are planning to do soon, or are formulating in the recesses of our crazy brains...

Little Crafty Kids Love...

  • Collages
  • Nature crafts
  • Paper plate crafts
  • 101 things to make with toilet rolls
  • Upcycling
  • Lacing and sewing for preschoolers
  • Making edible craft materials
  • Reviewing the best kids craft kits
  • Seasonal crafts
  • Kids craft storage and display ideas
  • Mosaics
  • Super fast, boredom busting crafts
  • Crafting for small world play
  • Using crafts as storytelling aids
  • Paper dolls
  • Basic origami and paper folding
  • Salt dough and modelling clay recipes and ideas
  • Painting projects
  • 3D paper crafts
  • How to make your own skittles, puppets and other countless toys

About the "Little Crafty Kids" Contributor

MissMerFaery is a published author, freelance writer and home educating mum of two from the UK.

She enjoys writing about all kinds of things, including crafts, kids activities, home cooking, toys and parties, spirituality, environmental issues, home décor and books. Keep up to date with her latest work via her page 10 Newest Lenses.

Here on Squidoo, MissMerFaery is the "Little Crafty Kids" Contributor, as well as a Giant Squid 100 and retired SquidAngel who has received 52 Purple Star awards, and won Lens of the Day eight times.

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Your Thoughts on Crafting with Small Children? - Share your Experiences and Feedback!

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    • AlisonMeacham profile image

      AlisonMeacham 3 years ago

      There are such great ideas here. I don't do as much as I should with my boys but my teenage daughter it always making something!

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      Jenn Dixon 3 years ago from PA

      Little kids are sponges and soak up all kinds of new activities. Good on your for being a contributor for this subject!!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Pud is quite cute and crafty, MissMerFaery! It's really good that you are encouraging her crafting and that we will get to see Pud's 'Little Crafty Kid' creations which will serve as your inspiration.

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      Drake McSherry 3 years ago from Milwaukee, WI

      Congrats on being the "Little Crafty Kid" Contributor! Looking forward to seeing more of your crafty lenses.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Terrific page! I've never been the 'crafty' type, although it turns out I can Craft pretty well! It's that artsy side I guess - I'm in awe of people who have the patience to create like this, you're definitely one of them!

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      Oh, it's such a great way to bond and learn. Crafts give children a real sense of accomplishment.

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      Rhonda Albom 3 years ago from New Zealand

      We love crafts too, and look forward to lots of new ideas :)

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      Marie 3 years ago

      My daughter is 6 now and she has really picked up on my crafting bug. We love doing kid crafts together and they tend to be a whole lot messier than the crafts I do alone. I think crafting is a great way to bond with children and something that parents, grandparents and relatives can enjoy with little ones. Fab photos - you're ideal for this role :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      Oh, this is going to be so much fun! I can hardly wait to see what wonderful ideas and articles will be added here. Some of my greatest treasures are the crafts and gifts my children created when they were little. Btw, Pud and Bean are absolutely adorable!

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      Linda Jo Martin 3 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      It has been a while since I had any little children to do these kinds of things with, but it looks like fun!