There was a time, not so long ago that crafts were a regular part of our day around here. We made jewelry and picture frames and simple clay pots. I can’t draw worth a lick, but I can glue pre-cut shapes like a boss. So when I had three under six all home with me, we crafted… a lot.
Now, with school and sports and video-game obsessions, we do not have much time or inclination to break out our glue guns around these parts. All that changed last week when the kids had two early release days and a big box of School Specialty Craft projects arrived in the mail at just the right time.
I’ll admit, I agreed to review these kits for KidzVuz out of a sense of nostalgia. All the while they were being shipped I worried that my grown kids would turn their noses up and I would be left trying to write something witty about crafts I couldn’t get my kids to do. Lucky for me, the folks at School Specialty sent some incredible kits and my kids not only dove right in, but they couldn’t get to each kit fast enough. It was actually quite adorable as it reminded me of those days long ago when we all sat around our cozy kitchen table up to our ears in sparkle and glue.
This time, the kids could choose from more grown up crafts. There were dream catchers to make that required quite a bit of concentration and thought and left you with a final product you might actually use! The boys loved the scratch art kits. One contained paper the sign of door signs, so the kids could scratch their Keep Out messages in pretty rainbow colors. Who knows, maybe that softens the blow a bit! The other kit looked like the memo cubes we used to put on desks back in the olden days before tablets and smart phones, but instead of square paper, you got square scratch off paper to leave cute lunch box notes or “good night dad” notes on a pillow. I’ll be using them into the days ahead for sure.
Finally, my favorite, mosaic tile magnet kits. You were meant to glue the tiles in a frame on the magnets but my mini-Picasso chose to just create his own mosaic design to hang on our fridge. Rules be dammed, I love it.
You can watch our video below for proof that these old kids can still get into crafts with mom on any given day!
School Specialty is a brand that, as a teacher, I relied on for quality supplies for my classroom. I’ve learned lately they are so much more. This fall they helped send less-fortuante kids back to school with stuffed backpacks of supplies they may not otherwise have access too. Now, they are helping out a group particularly close to my heart: teachers. You can help School Specialty give the gift of education by shopping for these great crafts for the people you love. School Specialty is donating a portion of all purchases until December 31st to DonorsChoose.org which will in turn help teachers fill their classes with all the tools our kids need.
Get your craft on with school specialty and give back to deserving teachers and schools.
We received the School Specialty craft kids for review as part of a compensated relationship with KidzVuz and School Specialty. All opinions are my own, and those of the mini-crafters.
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