Create a darling craft project with kids that they can give as a gift.
Materials and Supplies Needed
This picture frame for kids to make photo frame is super fun to create and amazingly practically mess free. There are so many fabulous colors of fast drying paint sticks from Kwik Stix so they can be made in a variety of color themes and pallets. Whether the goal is to have fun, access creativity, make gifts of just make art – this project is perfect for even the youngest of kids.
- Kwik Stix from Pencil Grip Company (THIN)
- Cardboard from Recycled Food Boxes
- Twine or Ribbon for Hanger
Directions for Picture Frame for Kids to Make
Start by choosing between 4-6 colors to use for the project. Younger kiddos will be more successful with this is they are not overwhelmed. Of course adults can make these darling handmade frames too and might want to use ALL of the beautiful colors.
Paint with the Kwik Stix on the back side of cereal and food boxes. The paint will dry SUPER fast (like in seconds).
Cut the painted cardboard into pieces and pile it by color.
Use a piece of cardboard from a food box as the base for the Picture Frame for Kids. Make it a bit larger than the photo. Glue the photo AND a piece of twine to the cardboard to get the project going.
Add glue dots around the photo and on top of them add pieces of the cardboard. This glue from Therm-O-Web is great because it grabs the cardboard pieces and holds them in place immediately.
Add a few more layers of the cutout pieces until the photo is framed nicely. Be sure to cover the hanger with the fun colored pieces.
Seven Reasons Kids Should Be Crafting
There are unlimited numbers of reasons that kids should be crafting. Based on research and opinions of experts, I am excited to share seven of my favorite reasons to get messy and make all the things with your kiddos.
Practice Fine Motor Skills
Many craft projects require the use of fine motor skills to cut, tie knots, paint, color and even apply glue. Crafting provides a great opportunity to work on fine motor skills while creating works of art.
Build Self Esteem
Through the process of creating a craft project, a child works through a series of steps to make a masterpiece. The success of completing steps and having something wonderful to show for it has proven to build self esteem.
Many craft projects that are done by kids in classrooms or groups collectively create a larger work of art. For example. When a group of kids create individual pumpkin crafts – once put together they have a patch. This creates community and inclusion.
Build Social Skills
While actively crafting, often times the fears and worries of talking with others subsides and children (of all ages) find themselves to be more social with those around them,
Craft projects should allow children the opportunity to put their own style or mark into their work. There need to be choices available to successfully promote individuality. Some of these choices include picking colors, crayons vs colored pencils, cutting vs tearing paper and outlining.
Encourages Self Expression
Often times children will express their feelings and thoughts through simple drawing and works of art. Encouraging kids to draw in their journals and add their own elements to projects sometimes offers a release of feelings.
More Kwik Stix Craft Ideas for Kids
Making houses from cardboard boxes is a lot of fun too. Grab the deets and make some of your own.
Sharing is Caring!
Too busy to make this right away?! Pin it for later! Pin this project to your favorite craft board on Pinterest and it’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready.
I would really love to hear what you think about this picture frame for kids to make idea! If you try it out, I would sure like to see it! Share on Instagram, Facebook, or leave a comment/photo on the project pin on Pinterest! #LauraKellyDesigns
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