Creativity is something that must be nurtured and there is no better way to do that than to allow children the time, space, and materials to freely express themselves. National Children’s Craft Day is on March 14th this year. It is a special day that is often forgotten by many and yet it is so important. If you don’t already have a stash of craft supplies, be sure to make a quick stop at your local craft store and pick up five basic supplies on the shopping list below.
Below are a few simple crafts that will allow your child to nurture his or her creativity on National Children’s Craft Day.
Craft Shopping List
- Markers, crayons, colored pencils, or paint
- Construction paper or card stock
- Foam Shapes
Mosaics are pictures or patterns made of smaller pieces of a certain material (paper, porcelain, glass etc…)
Take several colors of construction paper and tear or cut it up into many small squares or triangles. Then, get out the glue and let your child create. If it helps, they can draw a rough layout in pencil first. It could be a simple pattern or a more elaborate scene, but overall, they should be the ones to create without being told where to place pieces. Once they’ve finished, encourage them to talk about their creation!
Craft a Card
Use your construction paper, glue, and markers to make a lovely card to give away or mail to a grandparent. Fold a piece of construction paper in half to make the card. Have your child draw and decorate the front cover and then write a special message inside. This craft not only fosters creativity, but can also be a great way to incorporate literacy into craft time.
Construction Paper Scape
Cut out various shapes and design a paper scape.
If you are working with a young child, this is also a great way to identify shapes and colors. You could also extend the activity to include animals, letters, and numbers if you would like.
Check out the links below for more difficult crafts for older children:
By: Gabrielle Fisher
Let us know if you celebrate National Children’s Craft Day with your kids!