March is National Craft Month! So bring out your art supplies and let your child's imagination run wild! Well, maybe not completely, unless you are looking for a home makeover!
Okay, so you might be asking yourself, is my child too young? As a former preschool teacher I believe that if your child has the motor skills to hold a crayon, a brush, a stick or even has the capability of dipping their hand in paint, then yes they are ready! Granted, if your child is still putting things in their mouth, then yes adult supervision is required, but just seeing the joy on their faces while they create is amazing! My 19 month old little girl LOVES to color! She knows exactly where we keep HER drawing pad, construction paper, markers, and crayons. At least twice a day she asks to "color". Yes, we do have to watch her while she creates because she also wants to taste every color in her crayon box and has just learned that her masterpiece creations can be created anywhere, as in walls, chairs, mommy's desk, and the floor! I personally do not need a home makeover, so she usually has someone creating with her. Right now we use the Melissa & Doug Triangular Crayons, because it helps her grasp the crayon correctly while developing the preferred grip for later needed writing skills. In the picture below you can see that her crayons have teeth marks and scratches on them. Not only does she explore crafting with art supplies, but she is also learning about texture and materials. She has also just discovered stickers, so we let her stick them on her page once she is finished drawing. Her favorite one right now is the Melissa & Doug Font Sticker Collection because of the letters and numbers or anything with Tinkerbell and the Princesses. Even my 16 year old younger sister enjoys sitting with her and crafting! Here is a picture of my daughters newly decorated crayon box and one of her art works :0) HINT: Try to write the date on the page, this way you can look back and see the progress your child has made!
National Craft Month was created in 2004 by the Craft & Hobby Association. Their goal is to help people learn or re-discover the joy of crafting and everything that it brings.
If you are in the Orlando, Florida area make sure to check out the 52nd Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival happening this weekend! You will find my family and myself enjoying the beautiful art & weather tomorrow Sunday!