From crying and shouting, to drawing and singing, kids express themselves in a myriad of ways. So why not provide them with a creative outlet?
Crafts are usually a staple in many kindergartens and daycare centers. But due to the current circumstances, your kids might be cooped up at home right now. This is why you need to recreate the same experience for them at home.
It is your job as a parent to let them explore their talents and help them find their creative spark. And what better way to do so than by giving them some colorful pieces of paper to create something beautiful with?
If you want to start teaching paper crafts for your kids but do not know where to start, the following pointers will help you out.
Collect the materials you need
Before you tell your kids about the new art project, make sure you have all the materials they will need in hands. There is nothing worse than trying to calm down a kid who threw a fit because they could not find their favorite crayons.
If you are not a craft-lover yourself, you might not know what to get. Generally speaking, you need a few boxes of crayons — make sure that they come in a wide range of colors. You can also buy a stack of colorful paper or vinyl.
Jolene, the craft addict from thebestvinylcutters.com recommends giving vinyl cutters a try. Vinyl cutters are machines that use a precision pen to cut the vinyl into different shapes and designs. You can use your computer to design the shape, or use the cutter to produce any royalty-free design you can find online. Kids go crazy for that sort of thing, so make sure to include designs of their favorite cartoon characters. Also, do not forget to buy some glue and glitter to help your kids finalize their small masterpieces.
Show them tutorials
No, we do not mean the advanced type of tutorials where professionals use fancy tools. We are referring to the type specifically targeting beginners. You can find thousands of videos on YouTube where kids have a great time learning paper craft. Showing your kids these videos will make paper crafts seem both easy and fun, encouraging them to be creative and more open to the idea of crafts in general.
Make it a family activity
In case you find your kids reluctant, you can encourage them by joining in the fun yourself. Making paper crafts a family activity can entice your kids to try their hand at them. So, make sure to gather the whole family for some creative time.
You can help your kids by cutting the paper for them and showing them how everything works. This is especially important if your children are really young, as they might not have a clue about what they should do. And try to bring up how you enjoy your creative time together throughout the day to assure them that they are doing a great job!
Do not expect perfection
Have you ever looked at the drawings you painted as a child and had no idea how to interpret them? Well, by the same token, you should not expect your children’s art to make sense. Kids have a big imagination, not to mention that they do not perceive things the same way adults do. So do not go into it expecting that your child will present you with a Picasso-like masterpiece.
Paper crafts should be fun regardless of the results. Thus, do not look disappointed if your kids’ paper crafts turn out weird. Instead, you can ask them about their creations and allow them to express their individuality.
Keep it safe
Paper crafts are not inherently dangerous, but some materials and tools might cause minor injuries if your kids do not know how to use them properly.
Before you start, tell your kids about the danger of handling sharp tools carelessly. You can also reduce the risk of accidents by handling all the dicey parts yourself. To make sure that your kids are safe, always use paper scissors and stick glue. Tools like hot glue guns can cause burns, not to mention that your children might think that swallowing glue is a good idea!
Paper crafts can be a great outlet for your kids that helps them express their unique personalities. To teach your kids how to create paper crafts, you need some materials and tools, such as colored paper, paper scissors, a vinyl machine, and some glitter. A big part of encouraging your kids to give paper crafts a try is joining them, so do not be afraid to let loose and enjoy some quality time with your children. Remember, kids are usually messy, so prepared to spend some time tidying up after they are done!