Video:Safety Tips for Crafting With Kidswith Katherine Lee
Crafting with kids is a great way to develop their artistic sides, however many craft supplies can be dangerous. In this how-to video from About.com, get some important safety tips with crafting with kids.See Transcript
Transcript:Safety Tips for Crafting With Kids
Hi, I'm Katherine Lee for About.com and this is Nanette from Artscetera.com and today she's going to show us five important safety tips when you're crafting with your kids. Nanette?
Important Safety Tips for Crafting with Kids
Okay. First thing is you always want to have nontoxic materials no matter what age of your kid. Washable paint, washable crayons, nontoxic glue, washable markers -just to be in the safe side
You don't need any toxic materials when you're working with kids.
Next thing is sharp objects. You're always going to need scissors for crafts. Adults only should use these scissors. Now if you have a 10-year-old and they know how to use scissors and you know that, you can allow them. But for children, always pack the safety scissors.
You might occasionally need an Exacto knife I'm afraid of those. Yeah!... I'm scared myself. So, you never let a kid, no matter what age, touch an Exacto.
A hot glue gun can come in very handy for certain projects but some people might not realize is how hot this tip gets. It really gets hot and if you have a little child doing it, there's a chance that he might touch it.
So unless your kid is old enough to under stand what a hot glue gun is they should never use a hot glue gun.
More Safety Tips for Crafting with Kids
The next the next thing is it's always good to have your supplies in case you have a cut – a boo boo. So, your band-aids, your anti-bacterial cream - whatever you want to have to wash out a wound or whatever
But chances are if you follow these tips you shouldn't get hurt
And the next thing is the age appropriateness of your child working. You know your own child and you know their abilities. So if you know that your child works very well by themselves using complicated materials that's fine. If they're younger, 5-6, you really want to be in their vicinity and make sure that you're watching.
And don't walk away from the table if an Exacto knife is on the table.
Thank you so much for those tips, Nanaette, and for more go to About.com.