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Back-to-school time is one of the busiest of the year. Kids love the excitement of catching up with friends, learning new things and meeting new teachers. Teachers and moms see this time as hectic. Both have to buy supplies, organize and get kids back into a routine. And routines can be the biggest challenge. Some kids finish work fast, leaving them bored and waiting on their siblings or classmates to finish up. The experts at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores suggest creating a box of simple craft projects to keep kids busy during these downtimes.
Aug. 20, 2013 12:01 a.m.



Back-to-school time is one of the busiest of the year. Kids love the excitement of catching up with friends, learning new things and meeting new teachers. Teachers and moms see this time as hectic. Both have to buy supplies, organize and get kids back into a routine. And routines can be the biggest challenge. Some kids finish work fast, leaving them bored and waiting on their siblings or classmates to finish up. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores suggests creating a box of simple craft projects to keep kids busy during these downtimes.



Whether done at home or at school, crafts are a fun way to teach kids important life skills. Kids learn to share, socialize and take pride in their work. They also learn to embrace creativity, make choices, explore their own curiosity and express their thoughts and emotions. Dexterity and coordination are also developed as kids manipulate various tools, such as scissors, pottery wheels, needles and hooks. Complex crafts can also teach perseverance and build concentration.



Combine a love of reading with crafting by making a one-of-a-kind bookmark. Kids can complete the project then use it all school year long.



Bookmarks With Personality



Crafting time: Under 1 hour



Skill level:  No experience necessary



Supplies and tools:



Colorbok stamps:



  4-inch by 8-inch Borders



  4-inch by 8-inch Leaves



  4-inch by 8-inch Christmas



  4-inch by 8-inch Travel



Colorbok papers:



  12-inch by 12-inch Travel Chitchat



  12-inch by 12-inch Jolly & Bright Mini Dots



  12-inch by 12-inch Harvest Strip



Acid-free ink pad



Hole punch



Ribbon



Acid-free adhesive or tape



Scissors



1. Cut the base for bookmark to size and shape.



2. Using a separate piece of paper, preferably solid or with a subtle pattern, cut pieces to layer onto the base sheet.



3. Cut pieces slightly smaller than the first shape, so the base of the bookmark can be seen.



4. Stamp images firmly onto paper cut-outs.



5. Adhere stamped pieces to the bookmark base. To make a bookmark of conjoined circles, tape ribbon between large bottom circles and small top circles.



6. Punch a hole 1/2 inch from the top of the bookmark.



7. Run ribbon through the top. Secure with a knot.



Kids' Bookmarks



Crafting time: Under 1 hour



Skill level:  Some experience necessary



Supplies and tools:



Assorted colors of felt scraps



Assorted buttons



Scissors or pinking shears



Fabric glue



1. Cut bookmark background piece to desired size (approximately 8 inches long x 2- 1/2 inches wide).



2. Cut bottom into fringe, a point, or straight across. If desired, cut two, one slightly larger than the other, and glue together.



3. From other scraps, cut various shapes and designs such as hearts, flowers, apples, leaves, geometric shapes.



4. Arrange shapes on bookmark and glue in place. Decorate as desired with ribbon, buttons or beads.



- Family Features/Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

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