How to come about with a Craft Design for Kid Programs

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Are you a camp director or Sunday School teacher looking for a craft idea for kid enrichment? Maybe you feel like you are just not the creative type, and you struggle with coming up with craft projects. It is true that some people just have a knack for finding or even inventing craft ideas, but your creativity can be improved. There are ways to make it easier to find a craft idea for the kids' need.

At the beginning, lay aside any perfectionism. Locking yourself into thinking there is only one right way to do something makes every decision tougher. Regardless of the kid program you are helping with, there are always many suitable craft ideas out there. Don't worry about picking the wrong one! If you've taken into consideration the age and skill levels of the kids involved, your choice will be adequate.

Next, consider your budget. When choosing a craft idea for kid programs, you need to be aware that some of them are expensive. Prepackaged kits to make a fun foam picture frame or a craft stick cross are affordable for a small number of children, although if you need to do a craft with a lot of children, these kits might cost too much. It's often simple to do almost exactly the same project by just looking at the craft kit components and buying the same materials in mass at the discount shop. You may have to do some preparation, like cutting out shapes ahead of time, or at least making cardboard patterns for the children to use in cutting out their own. The savings will be worth it, however.

Another consideration is this: in spite of years of indoctrination from women's libbers, the fact remains that boys and girls like different sorts of crafts! If the craft seems a little girly, don't use it at boys' camp. Stick with lace-up leather billfolds, Indian artifacts, dinosaur art, and similar ideas. Girls will like beads and anything that's pink or purple. For a craft idea for kid camp where there are kids of both sexes, keep it on the boyish side and provide some pink materials to keep the girls happy.

An aspect of creativity that the non-creative types don't realize is that ideas spring from other ideas. That is, if you look over a book or website of craft ideas, maybe none of them will appeal to you, but if you let them, they will spark a project for a similar project. Use what you can and change what you must in the craft directions. For instance, the craft may have a slogan to be written across the front. If you need to change the slogan to fit your own needs, it's perfectly OK. For instance, the pictured idea might say "Girls rock!" You can change that to "He is the Rock!" if that meets your VBS needs better.

A final suggestion is to realize that you don't have to change the instructions or create something new to have a good craft idea for kid use. Feel free to follow the instructions to the letter if that works better for you. The children will have a great time either way. Just pick a craft idea, for kid creativity beats grown-up creativity everytime! The children will make it creative, even if you have doubts about your own ability in this area.
Victor Torrealba is the owner of origami-kids.com, a great place for learn how to fold Avions en Papier, Victor also has a funny free games web site : zonaminada.net

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