Making Indian Headbands & Why I Use Craft Kits with my Kids

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Do you craft with your kids? Here's a better question: Do you use craft kits with pre-portioned, already cut craft supplies? I used these craft kits that I bought at Michael's to help my girls make fun Indian headbands for Thanksgiving. (This isn't a sponsored post, by the way.)

Why do I (unashamedly) use craft kits? There are loads of reasons:

  • It allows us to skip some steps. Mommy doesn't spend all her time prepping for the craft and I can jump right into spending time with my girls.And after all, isn't that why I'm doing it? 

  • It breeds a feeling of success. It is much easier for a novice to create an attractive craft with part of the work and thought process done already. And when you have success, you are more likely to try another--possibly more ambitious craft. I want my girls to have confidence as they create, so I want to start them off with age appropriate, simple crafts.

  • You can be as creative as you desire. There is nothing saying that you are limited to the craft supplies in the bag. One of my girls wanted to add some ribbon. All of them applied the feathers and decorations as they pleased. It was pretty fascinating watching their personalities come through as they were creating. But if you have a rule following perfectionist, then there is nothing wrong with creating a craft just as it's shown on the package.

  • It's a great way to try out something new and experiment with a medium you may not know well. I don't often craft with felt, so it was neat to try something out of my norm.

I'm a huge proponent of creating with what you have and upcycling, but if you want to use a craft kit, I say go for it! Your kids will love spending time with you, and you or your kids might find a new passion.

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