National Craft Month takes place every year in March. This celebration was started in 1994 by the Craft and Hobby Association to help people learn more about crafting and find inspiration for new projects.
Elmer’s is proud to have partnered with Walmart Canada to celebrate National Craft Month 2015. This month when you visit select Walmart stores in Canada, you can view our display featuring various Elmer’s products.
Crafting is something that people of all ages can enjoy. No matter what type of crafting you and your child enjoy, National Craft Month is the perfect opportunity for your family to spend time together being creative. Celebrate National Craft Month with your child this March and help them express their creativity by attempting some of these fun and easy craft ideas from Elmer’s.
Craft Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Crafts are a fun way to help toddlers and preschoolers explore, learn, and play all at once. While this age group will require a lot of supervision and assistance to successfully complete their craft project, the effort is definitely worthwhile. Here are some fun craft ideas for the youngest crafters in your family:
Chenille Bead Butterflies – Your child can practice their fine motor skills by stringing beads on chenille stems to create these adorable Chenille Bead Butterflies. This project requires close supervision, as beads can be a choking hazard.
Easter Bunny Treat Holder – Easter is around the corner. Help your child celebrate by making this Easter Bunny Treat Holder. Most young children love little bags like this that they can store their “treasures” in.
Letter Foam Frame – Use your child’s first initial to make this Letter Foam Frame. When complete, you can hang it on the wall in their room. While you work, you can practice letter names and sounds.
My Bug Pals – Your child can make an assortment of bugs in many colors with this easy craft. They will love using My Bug Pals to tell stories or put on a puppet show.
Craft Ideas for Young Elementary Students
Young elementary students typically love making crafts. Children at this age are learning to be independent, so they will probably want to complete as much of the craft by themselves as possible. Just make sure you’re around to help whenever they need it. Here are some craft ideas children this age will love:
Foam Easter Eggs – Tracing and cutting foam pieces to make these Foam Easter Eggs allows children to practice their scissors skills. You can place a magnet on the back to make fridge decorations.
Fishy Tic Tac Toe – Young elementary aged children will love making this easy Fishy Tic Tac Toe craft. They will enjoy playing this game that they made themselves over and over again with family and friends.
Critter Bookmarks – Children this age are just starting to learn how to read. Encourage a lifelong love of reading by helping them make their own handmade bookmark of their favorite animal like these Critter Bookmarks.
Tissue Box Monkey – Teach good hygiene and personal care by encouraging your child to use tissues from this cute tissue box decoration when they sneeze or blow their nose. You can use this idea for a Tissue Box Monkey to make more tissue box animals, such as an elephant with paper towel roll trunk or a purple hungry hippo.
Craft Ideas for Older Elementary Students
Older elementary students may be more self conscious about their crafting abilities. Some may even be hesitant to try at first, worried that their project won’t come out “right”. Remind them that every craft is beautiful because it is a one of a kind piece. Here are a few craft ideas ideal for children in upper elementary school:
Photo Pencil Holder – Your child can create their own Photo Pencil Holder to keep their pencils on their homework desk. This also is an excellent craft they can make as a gift for family members on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or Grandparent’s Day.
Clothespin Biplane – This Clothespin Biplane is an easy project, but provides older elementary students with an opportunity to be creative with how they choose to paint their plane. Enhance the experience by researching how planes work online.
Butterfly Bookmark – Your child can keep their spot in the latest book they are reading with these Butterfly Bookmarks. Encourage them to make extra to share with friends. This idea can also be used with other decorations based on your child’s likes and interests – bugs, sports, stars, and anything else you can imagine.
Earth Day Plant Container – Put recycling into practice by transforming a used container into an Earth Day Plant Container, just in time for Earth Day in April. Place the finished product in your child’s bedroom window, so your child can observe the plant growth cycle from seed to mature plant. They will also learn responsibility by watering the plant regularly.
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