Creating a Craft Box
Kids can be creative with a few basic materials such as scissors and paper, crayons and markers, glitter and glue. Keep a craft box handy to store these items so they are readily accessible for arts and crafts projects.
A plastic tote is a convenient storage option for craft supplies. A handle on the craft box is helpful for carrying materials to the work station. You can also use a shoe box or a large basket, anything that stores easily on a shelf or in a cupboard.
Start with the basics such as crayons and markers, scissors and glue, paint and paper.
Pipe cleaners, craft sticks, straws, feathers, and craft eyes can also be included.
Then add interesting materials into the craft box as they come your way:
- used greeting cards
- pieces of yarn or fabric
- clothespins and jar lids
- precut paper shapes and fan-folded strips of paper
Round up some old sheets for drop cloths, and aprons or large t-shirts to put over clothing when using craft paint.
A craft box is not complete without some homemade play dough! Here is a recipe for a clay with a great texture. Consider making two or three batches in different colors. Store in small air tight containers.
1 cup flour, ½ cup salt, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 1 tablespoon cooking oil, 1 teaspoon food coloring, 1 cup water, saucepan
1. Combine flour, salt and cream of tartar in saucepan.
2. Add oil and food coloring to water.
3. Slowly stir water mixture into flour mixture.
4. Cook over low heat until thickened. Do not overcook.
5. Turn onto a non-stick surface. Knead the dough as it cools.
6. Store dough in an air-tight container.