Kids love to create. Right?! Give Anna a box of paper, fabric scraps, pipe cleaners, ribbon, and bells and she will create a masterpiece.
My friend Danielle came up with this fabulous idea to put on a kids' craft fair. This was actually the second time that she pulled one off. The first was held in December (think handmade Christmas gifts) but I wasn't able to go.
The idea is very simple:
- Kids work on crafty creations at home -- rubberband bracelets, clay art, magnets, paper airplanes, bath salts, bookmarks, homemade treats, bean bags, perler bead creations, manicure/massage station, etc.
- Pick a home to host. Set up tables.
- Everyone arrives and sets up their craft shop. Most craft items range in price from 25 cents to $1.
- Kids bring their own money and the buying and selling of craft items begins!
A couple tips:
- Provide snacks. Little shoppers get hungry.
- As a mom, come with a lot of quarters.
- Keep the fair open for 1 hour. That is plenty of time for the kids to work through their inventory and make buying decisions.
- Watch for the shops that aren't selling as much product. The moms were great about this and made purchases around the room. You want every child to have a good experience and feel good about the things that they created.
Anna had her shop set up an hour early and sat on her chair anxiously waiting. Everything on this table was imagined in her mind and created with her two little hands. And I love that you can tell that it was made by an 8 year old. I tried to give some input, but quickly realized that I just needed to let go. :) She was so proud of her creations and really, really enjoyed the craft fair.