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Integrating arts and crafts into children’s lives will not only help to keep them entertained and exploring their creativity, but also show appreciation for important figures like mom and dad. Help them create thoughtful, handmade gifts that show important people that they are never far from a kids’ thoughts, and helps kids to commemorate a special day in a big way. These projects are great starting points for a nanny or babysitters who is determined to help his or her small charges create handmade gifts!
Whether you dunk kids’ hands in plaster to preserve the size and shape of their tiny appendages or slather them with paint to decorate another project, handprint art is a classic choice for craft projects. Projects like “Hand” Made Ornaments can turn into family heirlooms that you will want to display year after year. As kids get older and bigger, it will be nice to have a visual reference showing her just how small they once were. A Hand Painted Apron is another personalized gift they can use over and over again.
You just can’t go wrong with a classic, especially when it’s designed and executed by the apple of Mom’s eye. Encourage kids to create their own greeting cards with construction paper, crayons, washable markers and any embellishments you can find. Not only will they have a special place in the recipients heart due to their high level of personalization. A simple format allows even preschoolers to create a piece of art that’s recognizable as a greeting card.
Bookworm moms that are always on the go rarely have time to finish a good novel, so why not help their children to create a sweet reminder of their appreciation that will also mark her place? The options are endless when it comes to materials, too. Felt, paper, plastic canvas and even construction paper are just a small sampling of the things you can use to create personalized bookmarks. Use photos. embellishments, markers and other creative tools for projects like a Mother’s Day Photo Bookmark. Since this projects is both practical and easy to create,it doesn’t have to be saved for Mother’s Day. Instead, give one on a birthday or other special event.
Professional moms with their own office or cubicle will love displaying snapshots of their brood in frames created by their kids! Look for unfinished wooden frames that your charges can paint and decorate, or find patterns online to create upcycled photo frames out of a variety of household items.
The mom on the go never seems to have enough hands to manage all of the things she has to carry, so why not help kids make a tote bag to lighten the load? Grab a blank canvas bags for the kids to decorate to their hearts content. Pre-made bags are easy to locate at any craft or hobby store and so is fabric paint. Colorful Stenciled Totes stand out from a sea of store-bought bags and can be completely personalized. In addition to paint, add ribbon and charms to the bag for a little extra fun.
Old-fashioned checkbooks haven’t gone the way of the dinosaur just yet. Snag a few plastic covers with gaudy cardstock inserts and pull the inserts out to use for a pattern. Trace and cut a piece of your own cardstock to the appropriate size, then let the kids go nuts!
Paper or Foam Flower Bouquets
Flowers are a traditional gift, but they wilt and fade away so quickly! Kids can come up with spectacular flowers that are just more fabulous than those found in nature, and can also work on honing their paper-cutting skills as they go. Save the foam for older kids with more control and experience with scissors, just to be on the safe side. An age-appropriate project for this group is Embossed Craft Foam Flowers. Create one flower or an entire bouquet – either way, the project will make a huge statement.