Happiness is Homemade

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With a house full of boys, you can always count on Heidi at Happiness is Homemade for all sorts of fun (and occasionally messy!) activities for the family including home decor, recipes, homeschool ideas, and crafts for all ages!

Heidi is a winner of Top 25 Creative Moms - 2013

Where do you discover new kid-friendly crafts?

I love to browse Pinterest.com because there's such a wealth of ideas for all age groups, and I have discovered many great new creative blogs this way. I also have a few favorite books and magazines that are always on stand-by. For my two-year-old I like to consult The Toddler's Busy Book by Trish Kuffner, and my six and seven-year-old love to make the crafts found in Family Fun Magazine.

What's one creative product you would recommend to all moms?

Younger kids love to touch and feel different materials, so I always recommend creating a collage kit full of a variety of materials that your children can use to create an assortment of crafts. Glue, googly eyes, pom poms, sequins, chenille stems ("pipe cleaners"), bits of paper and tissue paper can keep children entertained for hours! My boys' favorite craft supply is colored masking tape in a rainbow of colors. They use it for everything!

For older children I highly recommend investing in a set of high quality colored pencils (such as Prismacolor). They last far longer than inexpensive sets, and the colors are much richer and smoother. Providing your child with the best artistic tools will help encourage their love of art and foster a respect for the materials.

How do you encourage your child to explore their creativity?

The very best way to encourage my children to explore their creativity is to make it accessible to them at all times. My boys have their own work area located next to a cabinet that is stocked full of their very own art supplies and craft materials. The only rules are that they have to clean up whatever mess they make, and they can't use any dangerous supplies (such as scissors or sharp pencils) when their baby brother is around.

Allowing them the freedom to explore and create without guidelines or limits has produced some really awesome pieces of art and expression!