It's not always that easy to choose crafts for 9 year olds. When I was young I browsed craft catalogs but because I was a teenager, the selection wasn't as robust or appealing to me as it is today. But there are things that you can do as an adult that will make finding the right crafts for your kids much easier. And buying them can be much less of a hassle. So let's take a look at a few tips for buying craft supplies for your little craftsman or woman.
There are crafts for all kinds of ages. You don't necessarily have to buy crafts for girls if you don't want to. In fact, many little girls love to make their own jewelry and decorative items so buying them a basic set of simple tools can be a wise investment. After all, your kids will enjoy these simple tools more than anything else once they start to develop skills with them.
When buying crafts for young children, keep in mind that the age-appropriateness depends entirely on your child. If you see something that seems fun, hold onto it for a bit. But avoid crafting ideas that seem too complicated or too expensive. This also applies to buying beads and other craft supplies for the older child. Kids are often unaware that cheaper items are sometimes just as good. So it's important to check prices and know what you're getting before shelling out your hard-earned cash.
As your child gets older and begins to show more interest in making things, look for simple crafts that can be shared and practiced together. This way, you can foster more interest and they can see their work not just as something fun for you to look at, but as something that they can use to earn money. They will feel accomplished when they sell some of their work to you.
Crafts for young kids should not be purchased without knowing the skills that will be required. It is tempting to simply buy a kit because all the child needs is glue and a few paint pots. But if the kit includes instructions, then parents need to take the time to learn how to properly use these supplies. This can save a lot of headaches for the parents later.
You don't have to limit your creative ideas to traditional art and craft projects. Simple one-step projects like painting and pinning could be an excellent start to help young children develop important artistic skills. Parents can pick up tips from books or online, or come up with their own projects. One tip is to allow the child to paint one small thing at a time and record how many points they achieved. At this point, parents can decide whether they want to move on to a bigger project, such as making crafts for toddlers and older children.
One other way to make crafts for toddlers and older children engaging is to include some type of prize. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant; something that will make the child feel special will do the trick. Something as simple as making cookies in a fun design, or presenting them with a certificate of completion will make the craft more memorable. In addition to the prize, you can also include some creative ideas for how to use the product afterward.
A good idea to keep the overall cost down is to make the crafts yourself. If you have plenty of basic craft supplies, you can certainly save money by making crafts on your own. If you're not comfortable doing so, you can find professionally printed materials that are age-appropriate. If nothing else, it's a great way to make sure that the kids show some real creativity!