March is National Craft Month. Since kids will be getting out of school before you know it, there is no better time than now to learn how to make crafts and get yourself and your kids involved in making crafts of all kinds. Crafts aren’t just for kids, and the benefits of kids learning how to make stuff themselves and the self esteem building activities making crafts bring to young children and teens needs to be encouraged by parents.
As the end of the school year approaches, parents often begin looking for fun things to do with the kids as a way of preventing spring break and summertime boredom and angst. Begin to make a list of fun and easy crafts to do with your kids, search for and subscribe to craft blogs that teach craft making techniques with easy-to-follow, step by step instructions and pictures of how to make…whatever crafts are of interest.
As I was flipping through the March issue of Family Fun magazine, it is astounding to see the large number of free and easy crafts and games for kids and families to enjoy doing together spread throughout the monthly magazine. Craft making doesn’t have to be expensive, and there are many kinds of crafts kids can make that are fun-filled activities with supplies already in your home.
The March Family Fun issue has great craft ideas for kids to make a t-shirt hula hoop rug with old t-shirts and a hula hoop; kids can make their own bracelets and rings out of craft-store buttons and elastic cord; instructions on how to make your own decorated lantern with colorful cupcake liners (too cute!) and many more. The special collector’s issue of “Easy Crafts For Kids” is packed full with 171 spring craft projects, homemade toys and other crafts kids can make in thirty minutes or less.
Now that I know how to make hand tied fleece throw blankets in about an hour, I’ve made almost a dozen homemade throw blankets in just two weeks, and friends and family are having fun doing similar crafts as well. Empty nesters would do well to make a “to do” list of crafts to do of all the different kinds of crafts where there is any interest or desire to learn how to make something as a beginner project. Getting involved in hobbies and crafting of various types is a great help for empty nesters dealing with feelings of loneliness and depression that sometimes occur when grown kids leave the house and head off to college or get married.
Arts and Crafts To Do List
There are many types of crafts for kids and adults of all ages to enjoy as a fun hobby, and many people have discovered that their crafting skills has allowed them to sell their homemade goods for good money on websites like Etsy and eBay and others. What kinds of crafts interest you most, whether you are a crafting beginner or as an advanced crafter or hobbyist?
- Basket weaving
- Cabinet making
- Cake making
- Candle making
- Cross Stitch
- Flower crafts
- Jewelry making
- Paper crafts
- Rug making
- Stained glass
This list includes just some of the many types of crafts that kids and adults can have fun doing as a hobby but there are many other crafting ideas not listed here. One of the great things about subscribing to craft blogs are the ingenious ideas of DIY craft projects of things to make that you may never have thought of before.
One of my craft interests involves sewing, so I searched and found many sewing blogs to subscribe to (free subscription) and have been learning how to sew and make stuff myself. Besides the various craft blogs that are my favorites, there are many kids craft blogs that teach easy kids crafts that are not only fun for kids but are cheap things kids can make.
Remember, building a child’s self confidence in themselves and their abilities is important for a child’s wellbeing long term. Kids arts, crafts and hobbies help to build a child’s self-image and self-worth, cures the “I’m bored” problems, gets kids off the video games and doing more productive things with their time.
Besides following along with step-by-step “how to” instructions on craft blogs, another great resource for learning how to make something is by watching Youtube video tutorials about the particular craft project you have interest in. If you want to learn how to crochet, there are crocheting blogs and videos that will teach you how. If you want to learn how to make homemade soap, there are DIY soap making blogs and videos for that too. Same thing applies for those wanting to learn how to knit, or how to make little girls hair bows and so on.
Many of the arts, crafts and hobby stores like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby offer inexpensive craft classes, and Home Depot offers a great free kids activity class for kids to learn how to make stuff with wood while wearing a kids HD apron. Many local area recreation centers also offer art classes, crafting classes, drawing lessons, dance instruction and many other craft ideas for kids or adults at very reasonable prices.
Let’s not forget toddler crafts either. Kids crafts includes many ideas of crafts for toddlers and preschoolers, not just older kids, teens or adults. Toddler crafts is a great reason to subscribe to FamilyFun, as it is filled with toddler activities, arts and crafts, printables and fun games to play indoors or outside.
Crafts are for everyone, toddlers/young children, teenagers and adults alike. Even adults enjoy experiencing the fun and excitement of seeing the completed projects and feeling proud of themselves for their hard work and achievements made. Do you enjoy crafting? Do you have a hobby at all? What are your favorite crafts to make yourself? Do you make stuff and then sell your homemade wares online as a full or part-time business? What ideas do you implement in your household to cure the boredom blues with your kids during the summer or inclimate weather days home from school?