A Craft-tacular March Break

It’s a time of year that can be met with equal parts anticipation and dread: March Break. Here are a few neat ideas to help you and your kids get colourful and crafty in the best ways possible!

Even in this age of digital wonder, there’s still something deeply satisfying about sitting with your child and spending time creating. It can be as simple as opening a new set of markers. Best of all? The selection of washable markers on the market these days seems almost as limitless as your child’s imagination! This Crayola activity set is for kidlets on the go—and isn’t that almost all of them?

Crayola My First Washable Colour & Erase Activity Set

Crayola My First Washable Colour & Erase Activity Set

Your little one will enjoy a portable activity mat, reusable sheets plus crayons and an erase cloth for endless hours of fun and creativity. Let your child bring their own fun on the next road trip or their next visit to Nana’s place.

Add to the sensory experience of drawing and colouring by choosing these yummy scented markers from Crayola. Anyone else hungry just reading about these colourful treats? Have fun colouring while guessing each of the 18 markers’ smells. Makes scents to me!

Crayola Doodle Scents Markers

Crayola Doodle Scents Markers

Non-toxic and washable, these Doodle Scents Markers delight children with such scents as watermelon, buttered popcorn, pepperoni pizza and toasted marshmallow! Each marker features a super tip for thick and thin lines. For added fun, play a guessing game of which scent is which.

Of course, every artist-in-the-making needs a medium on which to create. Here’s just the thing: a package of 100 sheets of bright paper by Neenah.

Neenah Astrobrights 5-colour Assorted Bright Paper

Neenah Astrobrights 5-colour Assorted Bright Paper

Start making room on the fridge right now for the artwork that’s coming your way. These 8.5- by 11-inch sheets are 20% thicker than standard paper and come in five rich colours. Creative ideas are limitless!

Walmart carries a wide selection of markers, crayons and pencil crayons for the little artist in your life to explore and develop his or her artistic side. But if your pint-sized Picasso prefers painting, Walmart has you covered, just not literally! All of the paints in this amazing Crayola 50-piece paint kit are washable.

Crayola Washable Paint Kit

Crayola Washable Paint Kit

The Crayola Washable Paint Kit is like a dream from start to finish. It includes a rainbow of colours to choose from, and the paints are all designed to wash cleanly from skin and clothing. This kit also includes paper, sponges and brushes.

If your budding artist has an imagination that is itching to be unleashed, they might enjoy using an easel desk like this one by Step2 to help them create their masterpieces and contain their art materials.

Step2 Flip and Doodle Easel Desk with Stool

Step2 Flip and Doodle Easel Desk with Stool

This easel desk with stool is bright and cheery. It features lots of storage areas for children to organise crayons, markers, finger paints and other arts and crafts supplies.

 

 

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Scrapbooking: an art activity you and your family can enjoy

Perhaps this March Break you’re ready to explore scrapbooking with your child. For many, including my little sister Leslie, this hobby is more a passion than a pastime. For some tips on scrapbooking for beginners, I reached out to her (whose craft area often threatens to take over the entire house) and asked for some help in getting you and your little ones started.

Leslie chose a few simple staples like these contemporary scissors.

Fiskars 6-Piece Paper Edgers Set

Fiskars 6-Piece Paper Edgers Set

This six-piece set of Fiskars scissors provides a variety of decorative edges to give your scrapbooking project that finished touch. Colour-coded for ease of reference, you’ll want to help little hands maneuver these larger scissors. Or choose smaller scissors with blunt-tips like these Fiskars Schoolworks Scissors (pack of 6) if they are just learning how to cut.

Of course, you’ll need paper for your scrapbooking, too. According to Leslie, depending on the project you decide to work on together, there are patterns from which to choose that will dictate your theme. You might choose to go with a plain but oh-so-vibrant paper by Neenah and let your child’s creativity go where it will!

Neenah Astrobrights Double-Colour Cardstock

Neenah Astrobrights Double-Colour Cardstock

Each colour sheet has a different colour on the flip side. There are 25 pieces of 8.5- by 11-inch smooth cardstock in a five-colour assortment. Add vibrancy, variety and sturdy quality to any scrapbooking project with this double-colour cardstock.

Don’t forget the glue. Leslie recommends Elmer’s Craftbond for your scrapbooking needs. It’s nice to know that Elmer’s is still a brand you can trust. After all, who didn’t use this when they were kids, right?

Craftbond Scrapbooking Glue Set

Craftbond Scrapbooking Glue Set

No matter what the project, you’re likely to find just the right size of glue for the job in this Elmer’s four-pack scrapbook glue set. There is a photo stick, a stick pen, a glue pen and extra-strength permanent bond so that artwork will “stick” around for a while.

Your creativity with your child is only limited by your imagination. For some, scrapbooking is about having a way and a place to relive memories. In this case, though, I’d say that choosing to do arts and crafts projects together helps create more than just art. It helps create memories. And I’d say that’s just about as good as it gets.

See also: March Break Activities That Won’t Break the Bank

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Erin Davis is the #1 best-selling author of Mourning Has Broken: Love, Loss and Reclaiming Joy, a non-fiction memoir published by HarperCollins in 2019. Previously, she spent 30 years as morning host on top-rated 98.1 CHFI in Toronto and now lives with her husband and their little dog Molly on Vancouver Island. Erin writes a daily blog enjoyed by 12000+ readers weekly at erindavis.com, and enjoys travel, freelance voice work, keynote speaking and emceeing every chance she gets.