Help Full Tips For A Craft Day
How to organize a craft day
What do you do with kids on a rainy, or a snowy day when it's too cold and wet outside? You don't want them to be laying around watching tv or playing video games all day.
One thing you can do on this "locked-up-at home" day, is turn it into a fun filled Craft Day. Craft days are always a hit with the children, but can become very hectic for the adults. It's always good to be prepared to avoid extra work, mess, and stress. Here is a listed of helpful tips to make it enjoyable for everyone.
With spring here, and if it is going to be a good year for the crops, we know we are going to have a lot of rainy days. The best thing to do for these days is to be ready. Don't wait for the rainy day to come to figure out what you are going to do. In your spare time, go online and look up some fun craft ideas for the kids. The best ones are the ones where you can use recyclable items from around the house; cans, jars, toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, any thing you can think find.
Get Your Materials Ready:
collect the stuff from around the house. Keep separate containers, or boxes to keep the materials. Large Rubbermaid containers work very well, with smaller containers for little things. Don't throw those shoe boxes away; they work great for storing craft materials.
Be prepared specially If you have younger kids. Young kids don't like to sit around while you are doing all the cutting and shaping. They want to get their hands into everything as soon as they are at the craft table! So it's always a good idea to cut out things that needs to be cut out, it could be construction paper, strings, cloth, etc.
Always have things in hand; such as, glue, construction paper, glitters, paints, paint brushes, paper towels, or any other items that you might need for crafts.
Designate A Place:
You don't want to set up the crafts table in a place where they might mess up your furniture, or spill things on the carpet. Basement, or the kitchen table works really great. We keep those long folding tables in our basement and they do the job really well. Pick up some extra vinyl tablecloths from Walmart, or target. The best time to get them is after the holidays; they are always on sale. You would want to lay the tablecloth over the table before setting up, in order to keep the table clean. Specially if they will be using paint, or any type of colors.
Depending on how many children you are working with, you would want to set up areas for them around the table. Give them separate tools to use, or share with the child next to them, so they are not waiting too long for any item. If they are going to paint then provide them with plastic plates that could be used as paint palette. Don't put water in a tall cup for them to wash their brushes. Chances are they will spilling the water all over. Use small bowls and don't use plastic cup or bowls for the water, as they tip easily due to the weight of the brush.
Have a separated place ready for their art work to dry, depending on what they are making. You can use the kitchen counter or another small table in the basement for this. Lay paper towels, or another vinyl tablecloth for this purpose. You don't want to leave it on the table which might hinder your cleanup efforts afterward.
As a final tip, it's alway nice to set up an area for yourself; enjoy and play with them. Give yourself, and your children that special time that they will cherish forever.