I don’t know about your kids, but my kids LOVE doing crafts! Give them something to cut, paste, paint, glitter, tie, or mold and they are just in seventh heaven!
So when Elmer’s contacted me to see if I wanted to host an “Elmer’s Craft Camp” for up to five kids, with all the supplies provided. . . well can you guess how fast I said yes?
I was all excited when my box arrived-inside was an adult kit and the kids kits! The adult kid had:
Those were to be used and shared by everyone at the party. There were five kids kits that each had:
To choose a projects I browsed the Elmer’s site. There were a lot of idewas for both kids and adults. Since Princess is 10 (practically an adult according to her) I didn’t want a “kid” craft-I wanted something that would appeal to the “tween” set. After browsing and consulting with both Princess and Buddy we selected two options: The Clever Clipboard or the Baking Sheet Memo Board.
Note: I forgot to take a picture of the supplies before the kids attacked them all-so a big thank you to Jamie over at C.R.A.F.T for sharing her photo. Make sure you head on over and check out HER Elmer’s Kids Craft Party post.
I headed into town to pick up additional supplies. At the dollar store I purchased 5 clipboards and 5 baking sheets (tip-take a magnet with you in your purse and ensure the cookie sheets are made of a metal that magnets will stick to!). I headed over to Walmart and purchased a block of scrapbook paper, extra tape runner (kids+tape=running out quickly), some really cute stickers and a roll of special paper made to stick and re-stick to your wall that is a whiteboard material. Lastly I headed over to Micheals and picked up a roll of self adhesive cork and a small package of self adhesive magnets. At home I dug out some extra scrap booking supplies I had-stencils and papers mostly.
When the day arrived I had the dining room all set up for camp. Princess took one look and told me “You are the coolest mom EVER”. I think this whole campaign was worth it just for that comment!
Then the doorbell began ringing and the fun began. I showed the girls (and Buddy) my example clipboard:
Then I explained the process-which is pretty easy. Decorate your clipboard or baking sheet however you like-there were plenty of papers, glue, paint pens, markers and more. Choose your embellishments: stickers, cork board, dry erase paper, envelopes and magnets. Make it your own!
I didn’t have to tell them twice. They went to town.
For almost 90 minutes there was barely any talking as everyone cut, pasted, colored, painted, and more. Most of the girls made both a clipboard and a magnet board, and some of them even got creative with the additional supplies and made projects of their own.
The kids were super pleased with what they had made-and thrilled that they got to take a set of markers, glue dots and glue stick home with them as well as their projects. I am now known as the “cool mom” and Princess got to host an awesome party. Buddy even got along ok with all the girls and didn’t do too much of the “little brother” thing.
Of course this was an inexpensive party for me-I was sent most of the materials as well as a generous gift card to help out. But even if you were making the crafts at home you wouldn’t really spend a fortune. By purchasing the clipboards and baking sheets at the dollar store I kept those prices down. The supplies that Elmers sent are all priced very reasonably and can be utilized for multiple projects-things like the straight scissors, scrapbook scissors and corner rounding punch should last practically forever! Not only that but we barely used 1/3 of the scrapbook paper, half the cork and half the whiteboard stuff. By limiting the choices (let’s say going just with cork) you could keep the price down even more.
As an adult I can see making a classy version of the baking sheet memo board that could be given as a gift. If you combined the whiteboard material with the baking sheet you would have something that you could write on AND stick magnets to. That would be great to write out your weekly menu plan on!
The exciting thing about all of this for you, my loyal readers, is that Elmer’s is hosting a giveaway here on Frugal Upstate. One lucky reader will receive 1 adult kit and 2 kids kits to have a fun day of crafting at their own home!
This giveaway runs from today-Aug 6 through midnight EST Friday Aug 12th.
To enter, just leave a comment with what YOU would make if you won the Elmer’s Craft Camp Adult & 2 Kids kits.