Kids Getting Crafty

The holidays can be hard, especially if the weather keeps everyone inside, but there's one way to keep the kids occupied, fire up their natural curiosity and nurture their creativity. Craft!

Craft is the perfect way to keep the kids occupied
Real life kids like to do real life stuff and crafting is top of the list if it's raining outside. A craft kit is the perfect solution to the problem of wet weather, school holidays and keeping everyone busy and happy.
Making bugs from clay
CraftCourses has an amazing array of handmade Craft Kits that are perfect for children. With everything they need to craft up a storm: clear instructions and materials that they can handle with confidence. A craft kit is a box full of happiness just waiting to be opened.
Making a fantasmagorical bug!
Working with air drying clay is so exciting for the kids; there's no lengthy waiting for their creations to be fired in a kiln, and the special clay is easy for them to handle and mould.

Air drying clay is perfect for small hands (and bigger hands)
The Bug Box Family Home Pottery Kit from Creative Clay For All includes everything the kids need, including wipe clean instruction sheets, to make 3 bug designs. If they fancy making something else, the sky's the limit once their imaginations start to fly!
A little foraging and the creations take on a life of their own!
Once dry, their clay creations will be treasured - now there's a great idea, a clay box for treasures...
A clay box full of treasure

You may think that mosaic isn't suitable for children with the sharp cutting tools and all the sharp edges, but the wide range of kid-friendly Mosaic Craft Kits with smooth, pre-cut shapes are perfectly safe for little fingers.
Full concentration on the beautiful dragonfly
The Green Sea Glass Dragonfly craft kit from Montet Designs is the perfect example of using irregular shapes that have been 'tumbled' to remove sharp edges as well as smooth iridescent glass and ceramic drops to create a beautiful art work.
A gorgeous dragonfly emerges
Did you know that there are many reasons why arts & crafts are incredibly important for child development? Here are just a few of the top ways in which your child benefits from taking part in crafty activities: 
Getting the project started

#1 -  Motor Skills

When kids use their fingers to handle and manipulate art materials, they are developing their fine motors skills as they use those small muscles in their hands. Their bilateral coordination skills improve as they learn to use both hands at the same time.
Delicate placing of the tiles

#2 - Literacy

From speaking and reading to listening and understanding, when kids take part in crafts they get to talk about their work which develops their communication skills. By listening to helpful advice from their parents, they develop active listening skills and increase their vocabulary.
Happy crafter!

#3 - Maths Skills

Kids use maths skills more than you might think in craft. They learn about and recognise different shapes, engage in counting and sorting, and even measure out lengths and sizes of art materials. They also develop their thinking and problem-solving skills.
Getting a bit messy is all part of the fun!

This fabulous Mosaic Rainbow Arch craft kit is just one of the many clever kits from Boxclever

#4 - Creativity

Art allows kids to develop their creativity which will be important throughout their lives. Creative activities develop self-expression and this helps kids to express (and cope with) their feelings. It also provides opportunities for trying out new ideas, new ways of thinking and problem-solving, all of which foster cognitive development.
Thinking hard about the design

#5 - Self-esteem

Art and craft gives kids a sense of achievement and allows them to take pride in their work. These activities build confidence and help them to discover that it’s okay to make mistakes and that getting things ‘wrong’ can lead to different and exciting ideas. Trying new things develops their patience and self-regulation skills - waiting for the glue (or paint, or grout) to dry for instance.

Getting into the grout
Another lovely craft kit from Boxclever, the Rainbow Heart really lets the kids use their imagination as they place the pieces in any way they like.

#6 - Quality parent/child bonding time

Art & craft activities allow you to spend quality time bonding with your kids while you create positive lifelong memories. While you are crafting together you talk about different ideas which can lead to all manner of subjects. You can talk about what you think, feel and care about and perhaps best of all, it keeps the kids away from too much screen time.
Grouting finished, just needs to dry before the big clean and reveal
It's not just the kids who are going to benefit from all of this crafty activity; we all know that happy kids = happy parents. When our kids are busy using their hands, using their brains, being creative and getting messy, we're building immense positivity for the whole family.
If you're looking for something to keep the kids busy on rainy days, you can't go wrong with a Handmade Craft Kit. Help your kids to get their craft on!

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