Preschool crafts can be fun and exciting. Here are some resources of easy crafts for kids. Presto, there are fun crafts with beads, pasta, ribbons, leaves, paints, recycled materials...etc. If you are in a hurry, scroll all the way down to look at a listing of various craft activities. If not, read on for some background notes to doing craft with kids.
Preschool Crafts preparation includes much planning, purchasing and gathering of craft materials. A creative craft teacher would usually have a storehouse of materials – not necessary expensive –but ready for use. Strangely so, the more scraps you have(yes, often scraps are the best props for arts and crafts) the more craft ideas will flash in your creative minds.
I have done a craft session with preschoolers with no pre-made samples - just recycled items like toilet rolls, tissue / milk boxes, bottle caps, foils, ....etc and kids came up with such originality because there were no preconceived ideas, or samples to stifle their creativity. When they've finished, we had a "mini-city" built. Each child contributed a unique building / transportation. The next day, the kids wanted to make the roads, rivers, bridges and parks..etc...then the backdrop with clouds, birds & airplanes. We all had fun and it was an amazing project to show off to their proud parents on Parents' Visit Day.
SAFETY TIPS FOR KIDS IN PRESCHOOL CRAFTS ACTIVITIES
Preschool kids do not have as many experiences of dangers as adults, and so teacher and caregivers need to provide some safety guidelines to them before embarking on any preschool crafts.
Sharp Objects – Avoid using penknives, pins, cutters or any sharp tools for preschool crafts. If it is necessary, then the adult should have control over these tools. Unless there is a one to one supervision or unless the kids have been taught and is experienced in using these tools, it is better to avoid the risk of accidents or misuse. However, bear in mind that kids have to learn to handle sharp objects someday, the sooner the better. I introduced knives to 4 to 5 yr olds at the Montessori environment when we had the opportunity of one-on-one supervision. At home, I could even do this at an earlier age.
Scissors - The only sharp tools that are possibly common is the scissors, though preschool scissors are different from any others in that they should be rounded at the tip and not as sharp. After all, they are only using to cut papers or strings. Teach them the proper and polite way of passing scissors – that is, handle first, sharp edges turned in.
Hot Objects – Glue guns is a form of glue heated by electrical power through a hand-held machine that resembles a gun. It is very commonly used amongst crafters but it can be devastating to a small kid whose fine motor skills are not fully developed. It is advisable to use ordinary glue paste if you have a handful.
Toxic – Preschool kids have little control of their hands and that is why often you will see paints on their faces, hair…etc. The use of non-toxic paints and pens would save them from being poisoned. There are lots of these available at the stationery stores and are usually well labeled.
Water – If you are using water, be sure to have a wide base container to avoid spillage. Have a sponge or cloth at hand nonetheless. Spillage may not be dangerous to the child physically, but a spill that ruin their craft can cause unnecessary negative emotions.
Space – Sufficient space is necessary especially if kids are working with many other kids. They all need that space to move and not worry about bumping into each other. This may give rise to unnecessary upsetting emotions.
Furniture – Tables and chairs should be of child height so that they don’t have to climb high to reach what they want. Every climbing gives rise to a danger of falling and hurting themselves. A table that is too big also causes inconvenience as children's creativity may be hindered if they have to keep asking for items to be passed to them.
Safety First-Aid Box – Sufficient first aid should be made easily available. Antiseptic cleaners, and plasters are the most commonly used items and should be kept in abundance.
Here are various activities you can choose for your preschoolers. These are simple inexpensive crafts to make: