This post from monthly contributor Lara Williams
We have a new craft room. (And no, I’m not Martha Stewartish, only a wanna-be.) Basically I was tired of glue sticks and foam sheets and tape hanging out in every spare corner of every closet. So we took out the guest bed, shifted things around, and consolidated all craft-related items into one space. Love it.
There’s only one problem. My kids make these marker-covered crafts and most times they end up…in the trash. Yep. The landfill. So in essence we’re flushing money down the toilet. It’s just in the form of wooden sticks decorated with colorful pom-poms.
That bothered me. Because I don’t like to waste money — not that having fun is always a waste of money. But everything we have is God’s and I want to honor Him, even with our glue and tissue paper. So we’ve decided to be more purposeful in our craft projects. My daughter even changed the name of the room to the Kindness Project room.
I figure, if we’re going to make stuff — and they love to make stuff — then we might as well do it on purpose. We might as well show love to others in the process.
Here are a few purposeful craft ideas that I’ve modified/discovered/hijacked:
- Make flowers out of foam paper with Rice Crispy treats in the center. (Pictured above.) Write a verse on the front. Glue a wooden stick on the back of each. And then go “plant them” in someone’s yard. (Modified from an image I saw here.)
- Make cards for the sick or elderly that go to your church, especially those who can no longer come to service due to physical limitations. Deliver them to their home (or nursing home or hospital) with your kids. (Mine have loved doing these this summer!)
- Make a Terra Cotta pot apple container filled with chocolate for your child’s teacher. I would probably write something like “Praying for you today!” on the front…and then remember (imperfectly) to pray for them. (Plus who doesn’t want a place to hide a secret stash of chocolate.)
- Decorate a jar and fill it with thirty slips of paper that each have a word of encouragement, verse, or prayer written on them. Older children can type these out on the computer. Younger children can help cut and fold the strips of paper. Give to a grandparent or family friend, especially one going through a difficult time.
- Paint and decorate a box (i.e. shoe box or wooden craft box), and put three envelopes or jars inside with the words “save,” “give,” and “spend” written on the outside of each. When the kids get allowance, they can learn to give some, spend some, and save some.
Now it’s your turn, because believe me I need your help. What other thoughtful craft ideas do you have? Click here to share in the comments!