Arts and crafts with kids is a great way to spend time together; it is relaxing, creative, encourages expression of feelings, thoughts and opinions and can be fabulously sensory. Jasmine has always been very creative, she just loves to express herself through artistic materials. I remember very clearly at nursery, and in reception class at school, she came home every day with a junk model or several paintings/drawings. Her book bag is always stuffed with sheets of paper and she has no fear of being messy – in fact, she absolutely relishes any opportunity to get stuck in.
Sonny was never as fussed when he was smaller but this year is getting much more into painting and drawing and sticking; for Easter, he painted hedgehog plant pots for his teachers as gifts and he really focussed during the process.
For me, art, craft and messy play activities could not be less about any finished product, it is all about the processes used to achieve the eventual outcome, and the fun they have throughout. As such, we get through a lot of materials and are always looking to replenish supplies. I’ve been browsing The Works Arts and Crafts section today and come up with a little wishlist of things I would like to buy before the summer holidays are upon us:
Set of four canvas blocks – perfect for splatter painting, preserving handprints and great as homemade gifts from the kids.
Colouring and sketch studio – I know Jasmine would love this and I think it is great value at just £10.
72 glass craft bottles – I always keep a stash of these in stock as my two both love making potions and these little bottles are ideal for containing their creations.
Wooden birdhouse – perfect for decorating and a good introduction to more learning such as caring for animals. You could also make your own bird food to go alongside it – simple and fun to do. An absolutely bargain at £2!
There are so many more items I could add to our wishlist – head to www.theworks.co.uk now for more inspiration.
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