Secrets to making crafts with kids

Working with a bunch of youngsters is no easy trick. Just ask Lisa Harmon, the craft coordinator at Pat Catan’s art and craft store in Canton.

(photo from GrowingaJeweledRose.com
(photo from GrowingaJeweledRose.com
Working with a bunch of youngsters is no easy trick. Just ask Lisa Harmon, the craft coordinator at Pat Catan’s art and craft store in Canton.

“If you plan ahead and do your homework, it doesn’t have to be chaotic,” said the 14-year employee. Here are her secrets.

1. PATIENCE. Know your audience and what its members can and cannot do.

2. AGE. Choose a project that is manageable for children in a particular age group.

3. TIME. Don’t plan to spend an entire day with the youngsters. Pick a one- to two-hour window and keep the children to that time frame.

4. SUPPLIES. Have all supplies (paints, paper, scissors if the children are old enough) ready to go and do the prep work (any cutting or other necessary work) ahead of time.

5. PAINT. Harmon says everyone can paint, and it is an easy go-to project for any age. However, use acrylics and have plenty of wipes available for “mistakes.”

photos from moonfrye.com
photos from moonfrye.com

6. SAMPLE. Make a sample of the project ahead of time so the youngsters can refer to it often. They may not be able to replicate it, but they at least have an idea of what it is supposed to look like.

7. CHOICES. Give youngsters choices of colors, accent pieces or whatever the project calls for.

8. CREATIVITY. Let the children be the creative ones. Do not do the work for them. If they have questions, answer them, even show them how to do it, but let them do the work.

9. IMAGES. Let the children do the work the way they want to, not the way you want them to do it. Remember, it is their project.

10. FAILURE/SUCCESS. If all else fails, go back to No. 1—patience. It is a virtue.

 

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