When I’m between projects or want to vary my writing, I sometimes make and write crafts for kids. Over the years, I had more than 50 crafts published, or accepted for publication at various magazines including Highlights for Children, Pack-O-Fun, FamilyFun and Clubhouse Jr.
To be successful, crafts must be simple with clear, step-by step instructions. They also need a hook- something fresh and different to make them stand out from the rest. Most of the crafts I’ve sold have had some purpose beyond their cuteness. Many have doubled as games or holiday decorations. Most take some seemingly ordinary items like bottle caps or old margarine lids and repurpose them in a fresh, fun way.
When I sign that first picture book contract, I look forward to generating a whole collection of crafts and activities to accompany my picture book. What a treat those will be to write!
In the meantime here’s a fun craft that first appeared in the April 2009 issue of Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse Jr. So, if you’re interested in making crafts with your kids, or want to delve into writing crafts yourself, check it out. I’ll also take this opportunity to recommend the magazine Clubhouse Jr. It’s a top-notch Christian magazine for ages 3 – 7 that’s chock full of stories, poems, crafts and articles.