Top Tip for Creative Craft making:
Have a box of craft material on hand and you don’t need to spend a lot of money. Always think of the child age and stage of development, keeping safety in mind particularly with young children. Add household items to your kit such as empty kitchen roll tubes, magazines, empty envelopes, used Christmas paper, yogurt cartons and egg boxes. Craft materials do not need to be expensive and many local discount stores have a fab range of low cost craft items.
Build your collection over time and think of including:
- Pens & Pencils
- Brushes & Sponges
- Play dough
- Buttons & Beads
- Wool, Ribbon & Fabric Scraps
- Old clothing for dress up
- Protective Table Covering (bin bags or old papers work great)
Remember that play in general and creative play in particular is serious work for children and is invaluable to their learning and development. It is often free, usually messy and always fun! So decide to have fun and adopt Love Parenting’s creative play motto.
DON’T GET STRESSY, JUST GET MESSY!!
What You Need for Love Parenting’s Stone Monster Craft
- Small stones or large pebbles
- Paint in various colours & paint brush
- Wobbly eyes
- Coloured furry balls
- Paint your stones and allow to dry. Usually a second coat of paint is needed.
- Add eyes and nose by gluing wobbly eyes and furry balls to dried stones.
- Paint teeth and allow to dry.
- Alternatively paint all features onto stones and allow to dry.
Remember that the end product is not important. It is the process, the experience and the fun that will have the impact. Avoid passing judgements and think about commenting on how you enjoy joining in with the activity rather than saying you think the child’s picture is good. Remember that it will really enhance the feel good emotions to have their work displayed and shown to others. Think about having a space on your wall that is specifically for your child’s work and label the space such as Jacks Wall.