Monday, August 9, 2010

Treat Your Kids to a Family Craft Night

By: Sandy Sandler

In today’s technological world, families are finding it more difficult to find ways of spending quality time together. A family craft night is a perfect, fun and inexpensive way to bond and get back to basics together. Plus you’ll be making things you can actually use!

It’s a game night where everyone WINS!!!!

Craft “phobic” parents will be amazed at how fun and easy a craft night can be! You will not only have fun, but you’ll foster creativity for yourselves as well as your children! This sense of working and creating together brings families closer together, and creates everlasting memories of time spent crafting!

There are so many proven benefits of crafts for children. Crafts give children, the ability to get artistic and work together in a “hands on” capacity. It teaches them to stick to a task and accomplish it, in their own way. There is no right or wrong way to create. If your child created it, then it is awesome! Plus, when the crafts are completed, children are rewarded with a huge sense of accomplishment.

Starting a family craft night is a great way to encourage children to use their imagination on a regular basis. The benefits will last a lifetime.

Steps for getting started with family craft night?

1) Set aside one night per week for your family to get together for an evening of fun and creativity. Or if this seems difficult, then start with a monthly family craft night. I promise that everyone with have so much fun that you’ll want to do it more often!

2) Keep basic supplies around like finger paints, construction paper, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners. There is an endless array of possibilities for decorative crafts. Plus, don’t forget items like paper towel rolls, paper plates, recycle water bottles and turn them in to cute piggy banks! You can find many great ideas for family craft night at free web sites like www.c4k555.org.

3) Remember, the objective is to have fun! There is no right or wrong way to cut, color, design or craft! If you or your children create something, it is always wonderful!

Don’t forget that crafts make ideal gifts! Just think how easy it will be to find gifts to give to relatives and friends once you have a regular family craft night in your home. When you have a variety of beautiful and original gifts handy, it can make gift giving a breeze!

You can keep all of your family’s finished crafts in a special corner or closet in your home. When it is time to give a gift, allow your children to select one of their creations to give away. This will foster a tremendous sense of pride and achievement amongst your kids. Not to mention that the talents and resourcefulness of your children will no doubt impress your relatives and friends.

Once you institute your family craft night, you will find that your kids will quickly get into the spirit of things. Most likely, they will even start inserting their own ideas for projects. Don’t be surprised if they start pleading with you to take them to the craft store instead of the toy store!

For more creative ideas, visit www.C4K555.org to download free projects at Crafters 4 Kids.

About the Author:

Sandy Sandler is founder of non-profit Crafters 4 Kids and creator of the QVC best-seller, the Bowdabra. Her frugal craft projects and activity ideas are designed to transform the creatively challenged into creative pros. Sandy’s focus is on creative and easy projects that parents can do with their kids and that kids can even do on their own that are both frugal and green in nature. Crafters 4 Kids focuses on projects that can be done under 5 minutes and under $5. Visit www.C4K555.org. Contact Sandy at jaimevivre@mac.com

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