Crafty Guru
Penny from Green Kid Crafts

Here's one of our environmentally friendly crafty gurus Penny, from www.greenkidcrafts.com

Green Kids Crafts is a site filled with environmentally friendly crafts and tips. They also have a great monthly crafting box that can be mailed right to your door. This box is filled with educational  and green crafts for your little ones!

We have been featured over there a few times as part of their Trash to Treasure Thursdays and we love their ideas and team!

Little Bit About Penny & Her Inspiration

"I grew up in the country in the Midwest - we had a creek and an acre of woods in the backyard. This is where my love of nature began.

I started my career as a ranger working in CA, UT, NM, AK, OR and WA, then got my Masters degree in environmental management. 

After becoming a mother, I realized the need for a convenient and sustainable solution for children’s activities, which led to the creation of Green Kid Crafts.

My inspiration is my kids, the amazing work of Mother Nature, and the idea of creating future environmental leaders through our work at Green Kid Crafts."

Green Kid Crafts Earth Friendly Craft Kits

Penny's 3 Pointers When Crafting with Kids

  1. Let the kids lead - don't direct them. We believe in the importance of open ended projects to really allow children's imaginations and creativity to shine.
  2. It may take some time to Mess is good! In fact, the messier the better. You can always clean up.
  3. Set aside a special art area or table for kids to let their imagination run free with an easy-to-reach drawer or shelves full of art and craft supplies. Make sure this area is well organized for kids. My daughter Rowan spends between 1-3 hours of time per day in her art space!  In our new house we have a little furnished attic space that we've turned into Rowan's "Creativity Cave" (we let her name it).

Some of Penny's Favourite Crafts

1 to 4 year olds:

  •  finger paints in the bathtub
  •  painting with water on outside cement or inside on paper (if you don't want mess)
  •  homemade dough with collage material --  kids help make the art dough, then decorate it, then the dough air dries to form a sculpture!

5 to 7 year olds:

  • Any type of painting crafts

Benefits of Crafting with Your Children

"Crafting with children develops their creativity and confidence, and doing it together fosters family togetherness. I believe that happy kids make happy adults, which leads to a happier world. :)"

Penny's Silliest, and Most Creative Craft

"We love to decorate our moving boxes with paints and markers and turn them into huge intricate forts." 

Ten Most Important Craft Supplies to Have on Hand

  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Paper
  • Watercolor paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Recycled paper scraps
  • Collage material
  • Watercolors
Green Kid Crafts' Award Winning Craft Kit Subscriptions

What is "Green Kids Crafts" All About & Her Website Inspiration

Green Kid Crafts is all about providing a convenient, earth friendly solution for enriching activities for kids.

Our goal with our craft kit subscription service is three fold: to help busy parents spend more quality time with their children, to provide kids with opportunities for fun, confidence and creativity boosting projects, to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders.

In addition, we strive to be a model for corporate social responsibility, retaining a carbon neutral status and donating a portion of every sale to environmental charities.

 

Penny has founded and continues to foster an amazing site, filled with tons of fantastic ideas. 

Her passion really shows in everything she does! Even a simple interview with us :)

Happy Crafting!

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