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Tracey's Craft Stuff That's Worth The $$$$: Kids Krafts

I know, once you read this, you'll be thinking "She is crazy, where do I keep all this stuff? That leads me to what could be your 1st project together; finding, decorating and filling your Family Crafting Box. Moms who purchase disposable diapers by the box, these work great. The rest of us need to keep our eyes open or spend a little money to buy a storage box. These are sold at K-mart, Wal-Mart or other stores to hold extra or out of season clothes. I always used Dollar Store wrapping paper, selected by my kids and wrapped the box up like a gift

By Tracey C. Agranoff

I know, once you read this, you'll be thinking "She is crazy, where do I keep all this stuff? That leads me to what could be your 1st project together; finding, decorating and filling your Family Crafting Box. Moms who purchase disposable diapers by the box these work great. The rest of us need to keep our eyes open or spend a little money to buy a storage box. These are sold at K-mart, Wal-Mart or other stores to hold extra or out of season clothes. I always used Dollar Store wrapping paper, selected by my kids and wrapped the box up like a gift (because that's what it becomes, a gift to our creative time together), then we loved filling it with the items I've listed almost as much as using them.


  • Crayola Washable Markers ( load up on these during the "Before School" sales in August)
  • Elmers Glue Sticks
  • Fiskars Children's Scissors
  • Crayola Model Magic Clay ( I am partial to the white, which can easily be painted or colored with markers--but the colored is great too with easy mixing instructions on the package for creating even more colors)
  • Watercolor Pencils & Sharpener
  • Craypas Oil Crayons for Kids
  • Aleene's Tacky Glue
  • Various sizes of "Google Eyes"
  • A pad of white drawing paper
  • Pad or pack of colored construction paper
  • Popsicle Sticks (plain or colored)
  • Washable Tempera Paints
  • Package of brushes (I don't care for plastic bristles; they leave marks and don't spread paint as well. Different sizes give budding Artists choices)
  • A few skeins of yarn --bright colors are great

This is a great group of "starter items"

Tracey's Stuff To Save/To Reuse


  • Single socks, even socks with holes in the foot
  • Old Nylon Stockings
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Empty Paper Towel Rolls
  • Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Empty & clean baby food jars with lids
  • Empty & clean baby wipe containers
  • Extra Buttons
  • Plastic sock hangers (the ones that come with new socks)
  • Foam packing peanuts
  • Empty/dry water and juice bottles with lids
  • Empty & clean margarine or yogurt containers with lids
  • Empty & cleaned frozen dinner trays
  • New-shirt cardboard
  • Pinecones
  • Newspapers
  • Old Magazines
  • Old greeting cards
  • Empty & clean juice or small cereal boxes
  • Empty & clean Altoid or other mint tins
  • Mail-promo CD's

Tracey's Stuff To Have On Hand


  • Flour
  • Salt
  • White Paper Plates
  • Paper Lunch Bags
  • Unsweetened Kool-aid Packets
  • Sandpaper

    Hey, these are just suggestions. Everyone needs to go with what their crafting comfort level is; if you are a person that likes to buy just the supplies you and your child will need for each project as you do them and don't want to have all this "stuff" around--that is great. I am a "what do I have on hand when the creative juices are flowing" kind-of-gal and that works for me and my family. Whatever gets you creating with you children that's the way to go!

    Tracey Agranoff is the Assistant Early Childhood Coordinator, Camp Centerland Director at the St. Paul JCC. She is also the Art Director for the Rabbi Bernard S. Raskas Religious School where she has taught for the past 13 years. A published author, Tracey's craft book "Kids Love Jewish Holiday Crafts" can be found internationally.

    Tracey is the co-creator and co-Chair of The Childrens Healing Arts Initiative/CHAI, a fine arts program for children with chronic illness and disabilities and their families. She is also co-creator and co-Chair of Girls On The Move,a self-esteem and body image program for 3rd & 4th grade girls. She has been teaching Art and working with children and families for over 20 years in the Twin Cities and throughout the U.S. Tracey lives with her husband Ken and daughters Samantha and Jessica in St. Paul, Minnesota.



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