• yoko_m_gomi

Top 5 Craft Workshops that Kids Adored in 2021

Updated: 3 days ago

In 2021, I had an absolute pleasure of organising art & craft workshops for kids at the local international school. I had so much fun with 12 lovely kids age 4-7 and we made 11 awesome crafts featuring popular themes like Halloween, Sinterklaas and Christmas. In the last workshop, I showed the kids all the activities we've done and asked them what their favourite activities were. I thought I'd share them here in case you are looking for some ideas for your own craft workshops or maybe something to entertain the kids at an upcoming party.

The thing I learned about doing crafting with a large group of kids, especially if there's a significant age gap within the group, is to keep the activity as simple as possible. When you are 1 against 12 kids, you will go nuts if they all come at you asking for your help. Therefore I design these activities so that the older kids can follow instructions on their own and I still have the capacity to help the younger ones. Plenty of preparation is also the key to successful workshop. Some kids love to craft and some kids are just there because their parents sign them up (that's like me at tennis camp...). So there is also a gap in their enthusiasm. I find that the best craft activities are the ones they can have fun making and also playing together later. Because when they are not so enthusiastic about crafting, they would rush to finish the activity way before the time to go home. So it's nice if they can make something that they can play with. I love how proud they look when they create their own tangible toy. They don't always need to buy a toy, they can also make one!

#5 - Scratch Art

Let me just say, scratch art is ALWAYS a good idea. I don't know what it is. Is it the magical essence of rainbow colours that appear as you scratch the black layer off? But kids in my workshop went crazy over scratch art. They even wanted to take some sheets home so they can continue doing it at home.

The younger kids just enjoyed drawing on the scratch art pad, while the older ones would first cut shapes (like mountains and houses) and scratch in patterns later. If you have a tight budget you can always make your own scratch art pad by covering a sheet of paper with crayons and then painting it over with a black acrylic paint.

#4 - DIY Snow Globe

It is no brainer that the kids love Christmas. I also love the festive vibe. And making DIY Snow Globe was super fun. There was quite a bit of preparation I had to do (like save 12 yogurt lids...) but the kids were genuinely enthusiastic about the activity that it was all worth it. Kids enjoyed putting together the snow globe, decorating it and making the snow fall on the little snowman. Some kids wanted Father Christmas instead of a snowman, so that's something I should remember for next time.