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Video:Tips for Working on Crafts With Kids

with Katherine Lee

Making crafts with kids is a great way to keep them entertained and allow their artistic sides to shine. In this how-to video from About.com, get 5 great tips for the next time your making crafts with kids.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Working on Crafts With Kids

Hi, I'm Katherine Lee for About.com and this is the Nanette from Artcetera.com and today she's going to give us five tips for how to craft with your kids.

Have the Basics On-Hand and Items Prepped for Crafts

Nanette?

Yes, Ok. First thing you want to do is have a kit of the basics ready.  So. You'l want to have some things to decorate, you'll want to have things to cut and paste you'll want to have some colorful items that he can draw and color with - just the basics are always good to have.

OK.

The next thing is when you're starting a new project, you'll really want to have everything prepped so that it just moves really slowly and they can just go you won't have to have to stop for them.  

So cut things that need to be cut—

Yes, right, exactly.

And, if there some things the kids is going to do you can just saved those – you can do both.

More Tips for Doing Crafts with Kids

Okay, the next thing you want to do is introduce some educational ideas.

Oh great!

So if you're doing something with seashells talk about the beach the ocean. We have the primary colors and white and with those kids can make every color- so that's kind of a nice lesson about color mixing. 

If you're doing something with hanging, you can talk about gravity.  Why do things fall down instead of up?  Talk about that.

So, don't worry about perfect when they're crafting.

Thank you for that tip.

It's very good to let them do their own thing and to create their own masterpiece.

Even if it's a mess, it's a masterpiece.

Exactly.

And then the last thing is not to micromanage really.  Let them do it and, you know,  of course for safety, but other than that just let them do there own thing.  

Don't let them use the Exacto knife.

No.

But let them go ahead and tear things

Exactly.

And get messy. 

Yep.

Great.  Thank you for those tips.  For more, go to about.com

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