Craft Toys

About Children’s craft and design toys – Here’s one I made earlier!

As soon as they can hold a pen, children start to scribble on paper and produce some kinds of arts and crafts. From that point on, your fridge and spare walls will be filled with their mini works of art. Now starts the years of paint and modelling dough, stickers, glitter and glue. From the first scribbles, they move on to pictures and cards, then to the figures that start to actually resemble people. And we display these crafts and daubings with huge pride, convinced that our little ones are destined for great artistic careers.

It’s hard to know who enjoys these first works of art more – the children who create them or the parents who display them. For the children, this is their first experience of creation. And most of them take to it, as a duck to water. Children seem at their happiest when they are covering paper with paint, as well as covering themselves in the process. Some parents may prefer to leave the arts and crafts to teachers, who they feel may have more resources and patience, but if planned well, arts and crafts at home need not be nerve wracking. And parents might find they even enjoy it.

As children approach this stage, it can be well worth equipping a store cupboard or box with some basic items, so children can do some first art work at home. Basic supplies include paints and pens, paper, modelling clay or dough and stickers. More adventurous collections can include feathers and sponges, glitter and glue, stencils and collage. Complete kits for making items, like jewellery, cards and models, as well as science-experiment kits, can be excellent Christmas or birthday presents.

Let’s scribble, paint and mould

The simplest items to start with are crayons, pens and pencils. A colouring book and some crayons can provide hours of entertainment and are especially useful when waiting at appointments. Paints and modelling dough are still firm favourites with all ages. All of these crafts are great for learning colours and shapes and developing dexterity and creativity.

Let’s make things

As children get older, they often prefer to have a clear project to make or do. This is when craft kits can be really useful. Kits like beading and jewellery making, mosaics and collage, card making, science, sewing, modelling, fabric painting and dyeing, making decorations, and printing all teach different kinds of skills. These items can also be made and given as presents. There are many good books available, with craft projects and ideas for different aged children, if you’re stuck for ideas.

Let’s have fun

Whatever it is that children make or do, they will be learning as they play. It can be important to remember that the final result is less important than the process of making something. And as with all other activities, children want to enjoy arts and crafts with others. This enhances their well-being and enjoyment, and helps them learn and develop.