March is National Craft Month. How will you celebrate? Will you bust out the salt dough and cookie cutters? Maybe you’ll finish one of those many unfinished projects languishing in a box. Or will you assemble all your assorted craft orphans and let the kids go wild? Whatever you do, have a great time with making and creating with your family this month!
If you’re short on ideas, we’ve got lots of books to give you a place to begin; or if you have the ideas but aren’t sure what to do next, we’ve got books for that, too. From simple to complex, we have got the whole range of craft ability covered!
We’ve got everything from paper crafts, felt and fabric sewing crafts, paint crafts, knitting and crochet crafts, recycled crafts, seasonal and holiday crafts, and scrapbook crafts to nature crafts and beyond.
Here at the library, we tend to have crafts after most story times. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Blog has a posting discussing process versus product for children: “Process art is when the emphasis is placed on making art and using different mediums whereas product art is when the emphasis is placed on following instructions to achieve an expected result.” It goes on to point out that there are both pros and cons for each type of art. We typically have a specific craft in mind for the children to make, but we definitely encourage them to unleash their own creativity and customize their craft to their own liking.
A couple of months ago, Miss Melia with her Homeschoolers at the Library group talked about the history of crafting. They talked about the origins of crafts, how crafts were a way of life for craftsmen, and crafts from around the world. Here’s the Parent Resource List that Miss Melia handed out after the program. Take a look for some really great background information on the subject.
Most months we offer a “Crafting with Kids” posting that features Make-It Take-Its, craft programs for school-age children, and fun crafts for story time. These projects vary in difficulty, but most can be adapted to appeal to children either older or younger.
Enjoy crafting throughout the month of March!