It’s always worth having a box of essential kid’s craft items packed away in a large plastic storage box so you are ready for those creative adhoc crafting afternoons. Being prepared can allow your kids hours of creative and imaginative fun! So, what exactly are the best craft items to have to hand for your kids to get creative with? Below, I have put together a list 10 essential crafting items… I hope you find it useful!
- Coloured Duck Tape
Duck tape comes in many different colours. The brightly coloured designs make Duck Tape such a fun way to tape together inventions and creations. Why not try covering a shoe box in a selection of different coloured tape to make a colourful storage box!
- Coloured pens, pencils and paints
An essential in any craft kit! When purchasing paints for your kid’s craft kit, make sure you look to buy ‘washable’ paints to make sure nothing is stained. It’s always a good idea to get your child to pull up their sleeves and put on an old button up shirt to help them stay paint free!
- Coloured card and paper including tissue paper
A selection of coloured card, paper and tissue paper can provide children with hours of fun. From making cards to building original creations, make sure your kids craft kit is highly stocked with an array of different coloured card and paper.
- Blunt tip scissors
Scissors are an essential craft tool and blunt tip scissors will provide you with piece of mind when it comes to safety. Allowing your child to use blunt tip scissors will allow them to work independently- they can always ask you to assist with a sharper pair of scissors should they need to.
- Paper plates
What can’t you do with a paper plate! As well as being something your child can decorate and embellish with sequins, buttons and glitter, there are also a vast range of paper plate crafts that will provide hours of fun for your child.
- Embellishments, string, floss and yarn
Most craft projects need an embellishment of some kind! Always wise to have an assortment of embellishments to hand. For example, beads, buttons, glitter, ribbons, pom poms and googly eyes etc… Floss, string and yarn can be used to tie up craft projects, make bracelets, wrap packages or even to sew buttons. You can also create an online selection of embellishments and patterns that you could print in order to aid your child in their creativity. A heart svg could be brilliant for Mother’s Day designs, whilst an arrow svg could be great when creating posters and signs.
All children love stickers and what a great way to help them develop their fine motor skills.
- Lolly sticks and pipe cleaners
Hours of fun and endless creations can be made by gluing or taping lolly sticks together. They are also fun to embellish! As for pipe cleaners, your children can twist and bend these to their heart’s content to create a range of wacky and imaginative creations.
- Low temperature glue gun and glue sticks
Glue is another sure essential! Always make sure your child takes great care when using a glue gun, even low-temperature glue guns get quite hot!
- A selection of material and felt
Felt is sturdy and forgiving and can be reused time and time again. They can try making a felt board for instance! Try collecting some old off cut material so your child can use material in their creations. Children always enjoy making clothes for their teddies and dolls.
The above should provide your child with hours of creative crafty fun!