In my dad’s boxes of ornaments, a few remain that bring back memories. One is my first-grade photo, glue-sticked to construction paper that was cut to resemble a bell. My sister had a few as well, that — while poorly constructed — managed to stand both the test of time and years of pine needle abuse, both real and fake. In first grade, I literally never thought these easily-made ornaments still be around by the time I reached my 30’s.
This is why crafts are so important around the holidays. For one, it’s the perfect way for kids to really understand the true power of a gift. The art they make is almost like a perfect snapshot of their childhood. They’ll always remember making it, and you’ll always remember them as elementary school students whenever it pops back into rotation — it’s a win-win.
Crafts are also a good way to let your kids express themselves. And in case you haven’t bought art supplies in a while, trust me — they’re better than ever. Markers are less permanent and glitter is slightly more contained, meaning that you won’t spend more time cleaning up than you will be working on your masterpiece. Crafting also doesn’t take a lot of time.
If you want to make crafting an annual family tradition, here are some great ideas to help you get started. Most of these would also make for amazing gifts, in case you’re looking for a little inspiration.