DIY Arts and Crafts Kits for Kids

Before I had a baby, the biggest party I ever had to plan was my wedding, and it was a huge undertaking. Not only did I have to figure out a way to split it between two countries, two cultures, and two separate coasts, I had to pretty much do it alone.

After having a baby, my planning consists of merely trying to host a successful play date. THIS, is much harder.

However, after a few trial and errors, ok – a lot of trial and errors, I found the best way to keep the kids happy and entertained, while steering them away from squabbling and fighting over toys, was to create little individualized arts and crafts kits.

DIY Arts and Crafts Kit for Kids.

I made these for today. We had invited our friends over for some afternoon coffee and cake, (aka: mimosas and mimosas) along with their daughter, one of Els’ favorite friends. I made a box for each of them. Inside were some:

DIY Arts and Crafts Kit for Kids.DIY Arts and Crafts Kit for Kids.

Modeling Clay, pipe cleaners, crayons, play dough, gimp, foam hearts, cupcake card stock…

DIY Arts and Crafts Kit for Kids.

Stickers, Pom Poms, glue, googly eyes, assorted beads and some feathers.

DIY Arts and Crafts Kits for Kids.

I got the boxes from a burger joint near our home. They gave them to me for free. Perfect look and size! And I topped it off with felt initials secured with some velcro tape.

DIY Arts and Crafts Kits for Kids.

It was a success, I think! Minus a few ‘I want this one!’ comments from Els, even though  it was the exact same as her own. But it kept them busy and entertained enough, and we (the adults) were able to eat and chat and have a great mimosa time.

I think these would work great for an art party as well, smaller boxes for play dates, and even one to keep in the car for restaurants or cranky boredom emergencies…

DIY Arts and Crafts Kits for Kids.

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7 Replies to “DIY Arts and Crafts Kits for Kids”

  1. Cute, like a lunch box of creativity!

    I’ve never been very artsy and craftsy, but would like to learn. What do you think about going to those arts and crafts shops that have lessons and things. http://www.makemeaning.com/ Just opened up a shop near me in Thousand Oaks and was thinking this might be a good choice to get started.

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