One thing that has been a suprise to me this year is how often A17 requests to do crafts. He has enjoyed coloring in the past, but not much else. Now, he asks me to get out our craft box. I put together a basic craft box at the start of the school year so we would be able to do some basic crafts whenever the mood strikes. He needs lots of help due to fine motor issues but really enjoys choosing supplies, colors and pointing where something should go!
The box is a tall clear tote with a lid and a handle. I keep the paints in a separate box in case of leaks.
A look inside shows:
sheets of felt in several basic colors
colored pipe cleaners
jingle bells in gold and silver
glitter in sprinkle tubes
Elmers clear washable school glue
Elmers glue sticks
crafts sticks--regular and jumbo--plain colored
pom poms--variety of colors and sizes
Crayola washable kid paints
paint brush with thick handle
Crayola So Big crayons
Crayola washable markers
Our biggest craft find has been foam stickies that you can buy in tubs at craft stores. These have been a huge hit with A17! He uses these to make cards, bookmarks, door hangers, collages, etc. We have also purchased several themed kits-- a pirate ship and a log cabin--to go along with our unit studies. I prefer to buy the ones with the sticky background so we don't have to mess around with gluing small pieces.
For anyone doing the workbox system, we have found that the following crafty items really work well in the boxes.
Kumon First Steps Workbooks--Let's color, Let's sticker and paste, Let's Fold,
Crayola Color Wonder books and markers
Let's Draw with Chalk ( or other chalk books)
paint with water books
washable stamp pads and stamps ( we use an adapted handle and tape/velcro the stamp on)
A17 uses adapted scissors. These are a push down type. I put the paper in and move it as necessary while he pushes down on the handle.