Saturday, January 1, 2011

300 Crafts for Kids: Preschool Crafts for Kids

Join us just about every day for FREE Crafts for Kids. Geared especially toward preschool and toddler children, our crafts are easy to follow, look great, and will help you grow closer to your child. That's right, you'll get to spend some quality time with your child, actually creating a beautiful craft or work of art!

We hope that you and your child will join GummyLump.com in making 300 easy kids crafts that will entertain your kids while helping them develop a wide variety of key skills! 

As the Mom of two 3.5 year olds I am always looking for creative things to do with my children. More than that, I'm also looking for educational activities that will develop fine motor skills, increase self confidence, develop problem solving skills, express creativity, break the boredom, and allow us to more closely bond during one on one time.  My answer came as a result of my New Year's Resolution to my kids: to spend more quality time with them every day. How? I created 300 Crafts for Kids!
I can't tell you how much this crafting project has changed us. My preschoolers have become so much more inquisitive and are better problem solvers already! There is a noticeable difference in their interest in arts & crafts, sensory play, fine motor skills, and self confidence. Best of all, they cherish the one on one time (or in my case, 1 on 2 time) that they get, distraction free, while we're creating our crafts.
Personally, I was never a crafter. I think the last craft I did prior to this project was a pom pom bear I made in Brownies in the 1970's! Crafting has changed me too. I'm a more patient, less controlling Mom and my kids greatly enjoy the freedom of expression it gives them.


Truly, no one is more shocked than me at the visible changes and growth that has taken place in me and my children since this project began. It's one of the best things I've ever done! We hope that you'll join us and experience it for yourself. If you're a Type A Mom like me, believe me when I say it'll be good for you! It's a small period of time each day when even you can be silly and messy! It all cleans up easily and also gives your children the opportunity to be free from so many rules for a little while!  
You are automatically entered to win a weekly giveaway just for posting your version of one of our projects on our facebook page!
Some MYTHS About Doing Crafts with Kids:
  • You need to have experience doing crafts to be able to follow along. Nope! You don't. I wasn't experienced! Before this project I hadn't done a crafty thing since Brownies. Look at me now!
  • You need to have hundreds of supplies on hand.
    Nope! I use basic kids art supplies and almost every craft will allow for very liberal substitutions.
  • You don't have the kind of time needed for this.
    Wrong again! These are preschool crafts so they don't take a long time. Kids this age can't handle it. Our craft projects take 15-45 minutes depending on how closely you follow the instructions. I encourage you to do it your own way. Shave off some time if you think you or your child can't handle the amount of time I've said it will take.
  • It has to look like the photo and I'm afraid my child won't be able to do it.
    NO! NO! NO! It should NEVER look just like mine. These projects are not about perfection in any way! If anything, they're about the opposite. They're about being creative individually, doing it your own way, changing it to make it suit your supplies and your child, and about connecting with your child. THE LAST thing to concern yourself with is if you think it looks "good". Believe me, it looks good to your child because THEY made it out of a few assorted supplies and now it's "something". That is amazing. Enjoy that! They are surely relishing it!
  • My child has special needs so he can't do these kinds of projects. Possibly, but not in most cases. Your child may have different abilities, but that is also true for every single person on the planet. One of the most fantastic things about art is that each creation is as unique as the person who creates it!

    I provide modifications for children with special needs, but you know your child best and can make appropriate adjustments where needed. This can be a wonderfully liberating experience for your child because it's an environment where he can make all kinds of decisions that are ALL right! There are no wrong choices here! That  can be an incredible self esteem builder. You may even be shocked at how much your child enjoys certain aspects of art, or how good he is at it!

  • Those crafts are cute but your child is older now. Great! I also include modifications for older children! Your older child can join us :)
  • Crafts are fun but have little if any educational value.NO! Craft projects are extraordinarily educational! Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy! Crafts also serving as a jumping off point to learn more about topics in art, science, math and more!

What's stopping YOU from joining us?
 
You are automatically entered to win a weekly giveaway just for posting your version of one of our projects on our facebook page!

4 comments:

Alicia C. said...

Thanks so much for doing this. For some reason, my mind has become a complete blank on projects for my toddler. I didn't have this problem when my 12 y.o. was little. Must be getting old and losing my memory... ;)

GummyLump.com said...

Alicia, we hope to see you post your results on our Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/i3Kums for Automatic Entry into Friday Giveaways!

Sarah S. said...

I love the I love my family valentine. I'm going to make it with my daughter next week because she is very into family and who her family is and I think she would love to hang it up in her room.

Lori said...

What A Great idea!! I think this is amazing! he Teddy bears Lacing Craft looks fun for my girls! New follower on GFC - Lori - www.adayinmotherhood.com!

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