Craft ideas for kids?

Melanie - posted on 12/17/2008 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Hi. I'm new to this. I'm studying photography (going to 3rd year), and have studied painting, drawing, sculpture and graphic design as part of my 1st year. I am really into crafts, but am not really aware of a 4 year old's limits with regards to arts and crafts. Any suggestions on what we could do together, and also what she should be capable of at this age?

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Whitney - posted on 01/10/2009

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hi Melanie!
have you ever made a bird feeder with a pine cone and peanut butter and bird seeds? that is a lot of fun, and you could hang the finished feeder outside her window so she could see the birds! I just noticed that you are in South Africa, Im not sure if you even have pine cones there ha ha ;)

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Catherine - posted on 01/25/2010

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Hi I am new to this site also . Let her experiment .... paint with pudding ... food . Sculpting with food ... flour dough . Let her imagination go . If she eats it ... there isn't any harm. I use to go on walks in the woods or a park and find treasures along the way . We would use them to create paintings or scupt with them or make wearable jewelry . Get her one of those kid cameras or a throw away and .... spend a day taking pics. Then makea collage of her own photos for a gift or a wall in her room. I think it is the togetherness and the act of paly that can bring out the best art in us all. I have some wonderful art pieces from children . The main thing is to enjoy and to stimulate the imagination.

Lorraine - posted on 01/23/2010

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There is a lot a 3 year old can do. Make a batch of salt dough and let the child cut shapes. Dry out the shapes and let the child paint them with the finger painting technique. Stick a magnet behind and wow the child has made a magnet.
Rubber stamping is another great way for children to see how their art shapes up. If the child is good with the camera let her/him go for it. There will be great results. Sand art is great. The child really explores with layers of coloured sand filled in a glass and then teach the child to make designs with just pushing a toothpick up and down. Try out these crafts they are fun for both the parent and the child.

Jiselle - posted on 01/18/2010

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the kid tough camera is awesome......i got it for my daughter on her 3rd bday and she loves it....you can upload the pics onto your computer and see what shes seeing in "her world" through her eyes....she uses it everyday....and an art easel with the chalkboard on one side and dry-erase/painting surface is awesome 2 she is on that thing at least 2-3 hours on n off throughout the day.

Holly - posted on 10/12/2009

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I agree with no limits! One thing I really liked as a child (and my son likes to do this too) is to melt crayons. You can shave them onto a piece of paper (using a crayon sharpener, which does not have a blade), put them in a really low oven on top of a cooking sheet, turn the light on and watch them make a drawing. Or you can shave them onto paper, add some glitter, cover with another sheet of paper, cover with a dishcloth and iron them. Then you get two prints. I don't know whether you'd let your lovey iron or not, but you can supervise if she wants to on a very low setting.

Lyndsay - posted on 09/13/2009

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I really don't think there are any limits, as long as you keep your expectations reasonable. Swishing paint around on a piece of paper is just as much "art" as creating a masterpiece... for me, it's the process that matters more than the end result.

Sasha - posted on 02/01/2009

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I used to try and sneak mud pies into the oven along with the roast for sunday lunch

Myra - posted on 02/01/2009

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What a cool idea Whitney .. I'm definitely going to give that a go. My baby has taken asudden huge interest in my gardening and wants to water the garden like .. every 5 minutes .. "cause it's too hot for the flowers and they might get sunburnt!" Ha ha. The bird feeder idea is really cool and will go with her garden interest .. thanks.

Corinne - posted on 01/31/2009

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i love crafts...but am not trained in art, so everything i do is inspired by or learned from others.  i found the most wonderful blog entry from a very creative and artistic woman who taught me so much about teaching constraints and limits in painting to a young child in ways and terms that he would understand.  and while i am not opposed to setting out a whole palette of colors for my sons to go willy-nilly with, i very much enjoyed what she is doing and teaching her child while standing back to allow his creativity to come through:



http://uniform-studio.com/journal/?p=771



and for great ideas for fun crafts for kids, bookmark the following site, which is a collective of different crafts for kids that is posted on an almost daily basis.  there's crafts that coincides with seasons and holidays too.  the crafts are tagged for specific age groups in the sidebar too.



http://belladia.typepad.com/crafty_crow/



hope this helps!

Sasha - posted on 01/26/2009

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Hiya. My daughter was being artistic with her own poo at a few months old, smearing it on her walls from her nappy. She grew out of it eventualy, but eek was it horrible!!!

Anyway, she is very creative and was using scisors at 3. Now she can do almost anything she tries from the creative point of view. There are child safe digital camaras around now, so you could get her one of those and let her go nuts, then a big board with other scraps, glitter, scissors, amd anything else that you find lying around. Kids love to play with photos they have taken.

Jenn - posted on 01/08/2009

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Oh...I say get out the paints and let your child do some abstract free painting...let your child explore her creative side...you just provide the materials...oh...and playdough is a great way to get her into sculpture...then you can move on to different materials...course the ole shaving cream on wax paper is a fun thing to do to encourage creativity... i think anything you can put in front of your child will be productive in the outcome. graphic design...well..that new bamboo tablet...is wonderful...it's a great tool for children/teens/etc to use along with the computer...could be an idea but would cost...she could "free play" on the free painting tool on your computer...just let her explore...as far as photography goes....i remember how much my kids liked those little cameras that printed out the photos immediately...??? good luck...have fun....put out colors and they will color....

Ioanna - posted on 01/04/2009

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i agree with Myra...let the kids express them selves...dont guide just support and act as he/she drawn the best picture youve ever saw....happy new year!!!!

Myra - posted on 01/02/2009

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Hi Melanie. My baby girls LOVES to paint. If I were you I would get out some water colours and lots and lots of paper and just let your girl go for it. Also, getting some interesting textures to paint as well like rocks, sticks, shells etc. My baby is 3 years old and she can tell me that mixing this colour with that colour makes a new colour. I think you should explore where your child's creativity is at by letting her try all sorts of things. Don't force or direct her or she won't enjoy it but certainly be beside her and show her new things and let her decide if she likes it or not.

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