“Hippity Hoppity, Hippity Hoppity, Easter’s On Its’ Way!”
Soon after we’ve proudly stuffed those stockings, it seems it is time to put away the mittens and pull out the spring jackets and oh, yeah those Easter baskets. Most parents have made a conscious effort to limit the amount of candy and chocolate that fills our children’s Easter baskets. Yet we don’t want to just fill the Easter baskets with junky toys that have little purpose to begin with, quickly break or easily get lost in the couch. Easter basket filling time is a fun time to restock and add to our craft supplies. Arts and craft activities allow for creative expression, sure, but they also develop fine motor skills, organization skills, writing skills, language skills and the list goes on and on.
Filling Easter baskets with craft supplies offers fun, creative and educational activities for the kids and the whole family all year. You can find these items in craft stores like Michael’s Crafts or at the OrientalTradingCompany web site. Some of these supplies can also be purchased right where you would purchase the Easter candy at grocey stores or drug stores. You’ll be all set for school projects, rainy day activities and last minute homemade gifts and cards.
Start with the Basics:
Crayons seem to multiply not only in my arts and craft’s cabinet but in my purse, my car and so on. If your kids receive four crayons every time you eat out and you only eat out once a month, each of your children has received 48 new crayons a year. So I can’t imagine anyone needing new crayons but since good ole’ crayons are a basic start there. After crayons, I would consider paper, markers, glue or glue sticks and safety scissors tops on the basics inventory list.
Wiggly eyes make any craft animated. For many years I have taught a dinosaur themed arts and crafts camp for kids ages three to five and we always make dinosaur puppets. Some kids are able to cut out stegosaurus shapes with fancy plates and others’ dinosaur shape may really look like a blob. When the wiggle eyes are added, everyone’s puppet instantly becomes a dinosaur. Wiggle eyes are one of my all time favorite craft supplies.
Wiggly eyes are fun to have on hand for:
-play-doh or clay creations
-animated book report projects
-nature crafts like animated rocks, shells or pinecones
Peel and Stick Foam Stickers:
Old ideas are often best but peel and stick foam stickers are a great new addition to the arts and crafts market and a fun idea for crafters of all ages. Peel and stick foam stickers come in a huge variety of themes from letters, numbers, shapes, dinosaurs, flowers, hearts, snowflakes, animals, Easter eggs and on and on. Peel and stick foam stickers are easy to use and add color, texture and depth to any project. They are relatively inexpensive and if buy in bulk they will last for years.
Peel and stick foam stickers can be used to adorn:
-thank you notes
-homemade cards, especially the numbers for birthday cards
-adding texture and detail to murals or dioramas
Peel and stick foam stickers are so versatile that they are a craft lover’s dream.
Chenille Stems, also known as Pipe Cleaners:
Chenille stems are truly an oldie but goodie. Chenille stems are another versatile craft supply that keeps families busy and creative all year long. These colorful, bendable stems can be used for a variety of arts and crafts projects.
Chenille stems can be used for:
-arms and legs for puppets
-any creature craft from crab legs to pig tails
-hangers for ornaments
Chenille stems come in single color or multi-colored packs and are a great medium for little hands building fine motor skills.
Crinkle-Cut Craft Scissors:
Alright, I know I covered safety scissors in the basics but one item I really recommend having in your arts and crafts supplies are crinkle scissors. Crinkle scissors give a scalloped edge to papers so your kids can create a handmade card from a paper bag and it will still look really special.
Crinkle-Cut craft scissors are wonderful for:
-creative book reports
The more kids use crinkle scissors the more ideas they’ll come up with- and isn’t that the whole idea of arts and crafts?
Filling Easter baskets with these fun and versatile arts and crafts supplies will give your little crafters all the ammunition they need to shoot for a year full of arts and crafts fun. (And parents are MUCH less likely to eat the chenille stems out the Easter basket and fill guilty about it later- so I’ve heard.)