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What to include in craft chest for kids?

I babysit a lot and want to bring a chest of craft materials with me to use with kids - any suggestions for best things to include? Thanks!

by: Yvonne on 11.9.2012

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Great idea! Markers, glue, tape, different types of paper, pipe cleaners, ribbon, beads, stickers, scissors, playdough, and rulers.

posted by: Nicole on 11.25.2012

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I love that you are pulling together a chest of craft materials instead of shoving an iPad in front of the kids to keep them quiet and busy. It's quite tough these days to find babysitters who want kids to get creative!

posted by: Marianne on 11.16.2012

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i've seen little papermache houses, hearts, boxes, and other shapes at the craft store. those might be fun to decorate with markers

posted by: Lauren on 11.13.2012

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ive had success with this idea...michaels has lots of different papermache animals too

posted by: Jenny on 11.13.2012

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don't forget some aprons!!

posted by: Jenny on 11.13.2012

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dont forget kid-friendly scissors...and a left-handed pair too! :) :)

posted by: Linda on 11.13.2012

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some scrapbook paper or fabric squares with different designs. i teach an after-school program and the kids (both boys and girls) love to cut out clothes for paper dolls or paper super heroes. they will probably need some help cutting the doll and super hero figures out of cardstock

posted by: Kristen on 11.13.2012

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Googly eyes are a must! My kids put them on everything - they instantly bring character and fun to any object.

posted by: Maggie on 11.9.2012

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YES this is must!

posted by: Kara on 11.13.2012

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I like glue dots because they are a no-mess alternative to glue sticks or regular elmers glue...some kids find them hard to use though. Maybe best for the olders ones?

posted by: Kara on 11.13.2012

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i dunno why my son loves using pom poms so much....maybe it's the fluffiness? :) gotta have those in your craft chest!!

posted by: Katy on 11.10.2012

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