I think a child’s creativity and homemade craft boxes go hand in hand. I am a great believer in developing a child’s imagination rather than spoon feeding them entertainment. Most parents I know feel exactly the same but it is so easy to see little craft kits to make a peg doll or a pom pom alien or a gingerbread house and scoop these up in the name of creativity. My local supermarket sells little sets like these for just a few pounds and they are adored by my kids. You get to make something that looks really good, all the bits are there and it even tells you how to make it? Are they being creative or imaginative when crafting like this? I’m not so sure. They are certainly learning some crafting skills: cutting sticking, layering etc but are they using their creativity? Possibly not.
Well as parents we can use our creativity to make our children a craft box full of goodies that will encourage them to freely delve into their imagination and tap into the artist within.
Are you ready? You simply need a box. A cardboard box with a lid is preferable but any box will do and the bonus of not having a lid is it is easier to see in!
Homemade craft boxes can be filled with all sorts of wondrous things (which may seem just everyday to you and me but not to our little artists)
In it could go:
Old magazine for colleging or paper mache
Small pieces of cut up fabric
Old birthday cards
Small squares of aluminium foil
A few blank cd’s
An old shirt for painting
Objects of different shapes to draw round so maybe a jam jar lid and a coaster
Some paper and card
A few paints and crayons
A couple of paper plates
Some shaped biscuit cutters
Scissors, paintbrushes, glue and double sided sticky tape
You also ( as well as this superb Craft Box) need to provide space and a place for your child to freely craft. We also need to provide time. Often we overschedule them or worry about the tidying up too much. Creativity needs to be nurtured.
We also need to bring to the table encouragement, support, interest and skilled help when required e.g with cutting, using tape, washing out paintbrushes. If we want them to play and create we need to be facilitators.
Your child may wish you to craft with them, just as you might read with them or help bathe dolly and this can be a real joy and an investment in their development. Look how proud my daughter is of her most recent creations. This is Annalise with her picture of her ‘teacher’
All these items I have suggested for your homemade craft boxes are probably somewhere in your home already and the little bits you need to buy should just come to a few pounds. This is now a box of POTENTIAL. Your child will have to think, plan, organise themselves, imagine w what they wish to create, work out how they are going to do it and what they are going to use. They are going to learn to manipulate objects, adapt items, and be resourceful, Now that’s what I call learning!
Can you think of anything else to go in you homemade craft boxes?