Our crafts for the conference went off splendidly. My friend Michelle, who helped me several nights, was amazed that the kids enjoyed the crafts so much. We decided it was not that the crafts were so stupendous or anything, but that after sitting in church for an hour and a half or two, that they were ready to do ANYTHING except sit. The kids were so eager and excited to see what we were going to do next. Even the parents and adults without children were interested in what was going on in our area.
I also think that the kids enjoyed it because for many of them craft time is not something they do at home. To some parents it seems a monumental task to do a craft project with their kids. Having to come up with an idea can be the hardest part. Also, crafting with kids can seem a little extravagant monetarily in these "tough economic times". I'm so tired of hearing that phrase! But really, you don't have to spend a fortune to craft with kids. I spent an average of $10 per day for our crafts. But that was for 30 to 40 kids! Averaged out, I spent about $.25 to $.33 per child. I think I did a pretty thrifty job.
You don't really even have to spend money at all. There are lots of books in the library with ideas for using around the house items to craft with. You can join Kids Artist Trading Card Swaps as a way to get your kids to stretch their artistic imagination and have some fun globally at the same time. Also getting together with a play group and crafting with friends can be a lot of fun!
So, as a result of seeing the kids have such a good time, and seeing the parents enjoy what their kids were making, I've got an idea knocking around in my head. Stop by tomorrow and then I'll tell you about it.