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    Creative people - I need help

    My grandkids all like arts and crafts. They prefer to have 'stuff' to do with as their creative minds dictate. So, for Christmas, I want to give them a big box of 'stuff'. I'll include the standard paper, tape, paint, markers, feathers, and the other items found in the craft aisle at Joanns or Michaels. I'm looking for other fun things. I'm thinking about coffee filters, cupcake papers, tongue depressors, etc.

    Any ideas? What can I include that would not be considered a craft item, but that a creative child would enjoy. These children range in age from 4 to 10 years.

    Thanks!!

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    Styrofoam cups, paper plates, pom poms, empty frosting cans, dowel rods, wooden cut outs in assorted shapes, fun foam, felt sheets, sequins, glitter glue, pony beads, Perler beads, empty spools and cones, fabric scraps, magnet sheets, Shrinky Dink sheets, yarn, wired ribbon, pine cones, smooth rocks, toilet paper and or paper towel tubes, small milk or juice cartons, stencils, cookie cutters, sponges, rubber stamps

    Print outs of simple instructions for assorted crafts or pictures of projects to get their mind going. My craft dresser includes all of the above and more. It started with a Girl Scout troop I lead for years and has been passed down to the grandkids.

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    How about string, yarn, aquarium gravel (comes in many colors) , beads, glue, buttons, poker chips, pipe cleaners, toothpicks, roll of twist-tie wire, egg cartons, rolls of gauze, magnets, tops from aerosol cans, spools from ribbon, ruined or advertising CD's, cotton balls. Don't forget the glitter! The supply that keeps on giving! That is about all I can remember from doing crafts with my kids when they were young.

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    My Great Grandkids loved legos. Their mind built all kinds of stuff.

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    Well this is a crafty item, but don't forget googly eyes!!

    My daughter says milk jugs and water bottles, phone books, toilet paper/paper towel rolls, little jars from spices.

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    There are a lot of cute things to do with duck tape on youtube. A lot of kids are into the looms with little elastic bands.

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    What a great idea. How about bamboo skewers, pieces of batting and fabric, plastic canvas

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    tounge depressors, empty tic tac boxes, altoids cans, crystal light containers.
    fimo clays and push mold for kids are great. they also have eraser clay for kids.

    Plastic canvas and pony beads make nice wind catchers. my son did those for
    everyone on his holiday list when he was 7
    put off till tomorrow what you can do today, and if you procrastinate long enough, you may never have to do it.

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    plain t shirts, my kids like to decorate them.
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    Are you on Pinterest? You'll find lots of ideas for kids' crafts there.

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    Pipe cleaners. You can get them in all colors, even sparkly ones. Also beads.

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    How about a plastic tablecloth for their art table (especially if it ends up being the dining room table, LOL). I had several over the years as the kids were growing up. I had artsy kids also.
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



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    Wow all great ideas I'll just put in another vote for pipe cleaners when my kids were young they were always included in thier travel bag they loved making things with them.
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    [QUOTE=quilt1950;6910593]My grandkids all like arts and crafts. They prefer to have 'stuff' to do with as their creative minds dictate. So, for Christmas, I want to give them a big box of 'stuff'. I'll include the standard paper, tape, paint, markers, feathers, and the other items found in the craft aisle at Joanns or Michaels. I'm looking for other fun things. I'm thinking about coffee filters, cupcake papers, tongue depressors, etc.
    Any ideas? What can I include that would not be considered a craft item, but that a creative child would enjoy. These children range in age from 4 to 10 years.


    I HAVE SEEN BOOKS FOR CRAFTS AND SOME OF THEM ARE FOR THE MUCH YOUNGER AGE GROUP. THAT WAY, THEY CAN GET IDEAS TO START AND ADD THEIR OWN IMAGINATIVE THOUGHTS TO THEIR PROJECTS.

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    I actually give my grands a safe scissor, gluestick , paper & my tiny fabric scraps! They make great pictures with them. They find good 'rocks' outside & love to paint them. I also have all kinds of beads, they enjoy making jewelry for themselves or for relatives & friends.

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    Old keys (wind chimes, collages). Did anyone mention good watercolor markers or watercolor pencils? And watercolor paper with a couple of nice brushes? Don't go cheap on those...can't expect quality work with inferior tools! Have fun!
    "A woman is like a tea bag-you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." Eleanor Roosevelt

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    thread spools

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    buttons, glue, glitter glue, safety scissors, modeling clay

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    I would include embroidery floss and the sissors that cut different patterns for card making and stickers for the littler ones to use.

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    Thanks for all the ideas. I'm making a list.

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    I did that for my creative granddaughter a few years ago. She loved it. I included a lot of what you all have already suggested. She found a way to use most of it. On my visits, I would bring her other tidbits I would come across. Then one year I made her a "design board" which was foam board covered in pink flannel and a safe scissor and a bunch of fabric that I cut into small pieces and left some larger pieces. She also loved that. And her first lesson was "don't use these scissors on paper!"
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    When my kids were young, they made things with clothespins, could probably google it or find ideas on pinterest.
    If a woman's work is never done....why start?

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    Wooden cloths pens, they come in many sizes. Pop cycle sticks, rick rack, aluminum foil, magnets. You can get the magnets in a roll to cut the size you want or just small round ones. Creamer cups you get in a cafe. Different size jingle bells. Just to add to what others have said since these haven't been mentioned yet.

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    Egg cartons and Christmas garland. (Cut and glue the egg carton into the shape of a Christmas tree and glue garland into the rows created. Put a string on top for hanging.) Pipe cleaners and beads for making wreaths. I must have 100 of these on my tree all handmade by my children.
    Spools from thread, washable paints (use the egg cartons for paint) and brushes, school glue.
    Fancy scissors with pinked edges or scalloped edges for cutting designs.

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    Stickers, lace, ribbon, heavy plastic jar lids - for tracing or holding paint, old parts from games, dried beans, rice, cinnamon sticks, alphabet macaroni - or any kind of pasta, bingo markers - great for making dots but can also be using for drawing, Q-tips, fabric squares, old shirt or apron to be worn during messy projects, painter's tape - easy for little hands to tear.

    Check out your local $ Store(s) and resale shops. I find amazing things there!

    Older children would probably enjoy searching for craft projects online.

    Here is my favorite link for children's craft projects: http://www.thecraftycrow.net/
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