I think every kid should have a craft box. It's so easy to make one, they can be really inexpensive to put together, and they're great for entertaining antsy toddlers and older kids on rainy days. Plus, crafts are great learning activities and of course oodles of fun!
Where To Start:
Find a container to store your craft stuff. You can pick up a large plastic container or use a wicker basket. Find lots of other smaller containers to put inside your large container to house all of your fun craft things below. We have a variety of containers that we've found second-hand, old yogurt/pasta/pickle/milk containers, nothing fancy.
Craft Supply Ideas for Your Box:
Fuzzy pom poms
Finger Paint and washable paints
Glue stick and Elmer's glue
Beans, dry pasta, rice, peas,
Plastic spoons and knives
Sticky back foam shapes or sheets
Play dough and tools
Sticks from outside
...and lot's more!!
-Search your local thrift store shelves and craft sections for super inexpensive and unique items.
-Look outside! There's an endless supply of wonderful crafting supplies right outside your door!
-Garage sales. I've found tons of fabrics, yarns, boxes of random tools, buttons, and more at garage sales for pennies!
-Shop your local craft stores after the holidays. You can get craft kits or random seasonal supplies for 75%+ off the retail price. Last Christmas I ended up with a basket full of supplies that cost less than $.15 each!
-You don't have to go buy everything at once. Add to your craft box as you find things. This way you'll find better deals, you'll know what sort of things your little ones enjoy playing with, and you'll grow a very unique collection of crafts to create in your box.