14 EASY Fall Crafts for Kids of All Ages

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Ready to learn 14 easy fall crafts perfect for kids of all ages? With the weather getting cooler and the days shorter, the kids are spending a lot more time indoors asking you what they can do, right? Or maybe they’re on their tablets too much, and you’d like to see them try something a little more productive? These fourteen craft projects are perfect for those rainy days and can lead to other creative goals. How about making some arts and crafts to sell at the Christmas Craft Market? Or, how about making your own gifts for Christmas this year? December will be here in the blink of an eye; it’s not as far off as you think.

Kids are naturally creative – they love to make things, bake things, put things together, and take them apart! They love to draw, paint, cut, paste, and create their own gifts with their own tiny hands. Being a kid is being a natural artist, and making things should be an integral part of every kid’s day – whether it’s at school or at home, craft time is a time when imaginations can thrive and expression can happen. Aside from assigning specific craft projects to your kids, you can also just let your children create whatever they want in the moment. Set time aside once a day, when the tablet and other gadgets are turned off, and they’re free to play with paper and a rainbow’s worth of paint. When you’re nurturing creativity in your children, you are nurturing their mental, social, and emotional development. It may not look like it, but your child is mastering a host of problem-solving skills when she’s drawing a house or car or scene from the dream she had last night. Pencils, markers, and paintbrushes help children develop keen motor skills. When they count the pieces of an object or the number of colours in their crayon kit, they are actually learning math. When they mix their paint colours with ink and layer building materials, they are discovering the basics of science, chemistry, and physics. Arts and crafts allow kids to play and have fun while safely experimenting with all of the possibilities of life.

When nurturing creativity in your children – or even within yourself – there are a few steps that you might want to keep in mind. First of all, know that a mess is about to be made and prepare for it. Your children need a special corner or art space where they can be allowed to get dirty. You’ll probably need a plastic drop cloth, old newspaper, or an old sheet to stretch out on the floor. Secondly, don’t direct your children; simply let them create whatever it is they want to create. Stand back and witness the wonders of your children’s imaginations coming into form. You can encourage them to use specific colours or textures, but other than that – just let them play. Thirdly, it’s not always a good idea to draw with your children as it can be frustrating for them to compare an adult’s drawing skills with their own. Simply watch and learn from what they are showing you. Don’t make suggestions, but be sure to ask questions, be interested and eager to explore this new world with your child. This fun article on fourteen craft projects for kids comes from the Happy Hooligan website. If you enjoy making crafts, this is one site you’ll want to visit regularly.*

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