Keep Kids Busy with Crafts These Holidays

Whether you're trying to think of creative ways to keep the kids entertained these summer holidays or you're frantically trying to think of Christmas gift ideas for loved ones, you may want to consider DIY projects.

A greater sense of value and appreciation is given to products that can be customised during the design process, according to a new study published in the Journal of Consumer Research. Consumers are engaged by the process of participating in forming a product, and the challenge of assembly or creation makes their experience more rewarding.

Put this research to the test these school holidays by coming up with some creative craft ideas for your younger family members. Don't limit them to the traditional card and glitter combinations - let their imaginations run wild with a series of different projects.

One way to get them out of the house and entertained for hours on end is to hand them a packed of coloured chalk and let them go crazy on your driveway and pavement. Rain or a hose can wash away designs when you like, but in the mean time let your kids' artwork proudly adorn your outdoor areas.

Jewellery lovers will love playing with beads and elastic, so take a trip to your local craft store and pick up a few essentials to help them create bracelets and necklaces for all their friends this summer. This project isn't suitable for younger children due to the choking hazard of small parts, but older kids can design their own pieces to their heart's content.

Many children love paper crafts, and a simple origami set can keep them busy for hours. Borrow a how-to book from the library and stock up on paper from your local discount store and leave them to it!

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