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The Many Benefits of Crafting for Kids

When you think of kids crafting, what comes to mind? Drawing? Painting? How about learning?  Crafting methods and creative ideas are endless. But while kids are having fun using paper and scissors, they are also learning. There are cognitive, emotional and physical benefits that are gained while engaged in a craft. According to PBS Parents, creative activities are an important part of childhood. And if you glue enough of them together, they help form the foundation of a child’s brain development

The art of crafting is so much more than the end result that we see. A child is cognitively learning how to make critical decisions and boost problem solving skills during the creative process. While visualizing a creation and then going forward with an idea, a child is developing critical decision-making skills that will also carry over into other areas of life. Our Loopdeloom Weaving Loom is a tool that allows kids to imagine something and then weave it. They'll have to use lots of different skills to create the project they've dreamed up.

Children have an emotional connection to artwork they create. They feel good about themselves when creating things with their own hands. Their self-esteem and confidence increase because they feel good about expressing themselves through art. Also, they are learning patience and self-regulation when acquiring a new crafting skill. Our Craft-tastic Learn to Sew Kit includes everything needed for beginners to learn a new artistic talent that is “sew” much fun and not at all as hard as it “seams”. Reading through the instruction booklet, implementing the steps and then sewing the pieces teaches kids that not all gratification is instant and that good things come to those who wait!

What about the physical benefits of crafting? Just about any craft aids in the development of fine motor skills which will in turn help children when learning how to properly hold a pencil or button a shirt. Coordination is improved while using both hands when crafting and this could in turn help a child with other activities such as playing a sport. You’ll definitely need all hands on deck with our open-ended “Creative Challenge” boxes. Do you have an aspiring artist in the house? A tinkering tot? Maybe an imaginative inventor? There’s a box for everyone!

Adults can play a helpful role when their children are crafting. A report from Michigan State University Extension encourages open communication. Show that you’re supportive by asking open-ended questions about what is being created.

There may be many questions related to how children learn and grow, but whether you have an entire afternoon or only a few moments to spare, there can be one common answer: crafting. 

October 22, 2018

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Share the Joy this Holiday Season

The holidays are about giving. At Ann Williams Group, not only do we craft presents for our loved ones, but we also donate our craft kits.

We're very proud to be a national corporate sponsor of Toys for Tots.

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November 28, 2017

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2017 Gift Guide: Gifts for Teens, Adults, Friends & Family

Your Ann Williams Group 2017 Gift Guide is here! Don’t let the holidays stress you out – we’ve got your gifts for teens, adults, family, and friends covered. Here are our picks for popular gifts and stocking stuffers this year. Looking for something else? Check out our other categories: we tried to make it as easy as possible for you to find the perfect gift!

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November 15, 2017

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2017 Gift Guide: Gifts for ages 5-8 and 9-12

Your Ann Williams Group 2017 Gift Guide is here! Don’t let the holidays stress you out – we’ve got your gifts for kids aged 5-8 and kids aged 9-12 covered. Here are our picks for popular gifts and stocking stuffers this year. Looking for something else? Check out our other categories: we tried to make it as easy as possible for you to find the perfect gift!

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November 15, 2017

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2017 Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers & Popular Gifts

Your Ann Williams Group 2017 Gift Guide is here! Don’t let the holidays stress you out – we’ve got your gifts covered. Here are our picks for popular gifts and stocking stuffers this year. Looking for something else? Check out our other categories: we tried to make it as easy as possible for you to find the perfect gift!

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November 15, 2017

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Loopdeloom in Do It Yourself Magazine

The Loopdeloom was recently featured in DIY magazine by Better Homes & Gardens. Here are basic instructions for making the featured pillow & throw blanket/rug. If you're new to the Loopdeloom, we have videos on our YouTube channel to get you started.

THROW BLANKET/RUG:
The blanket/rug is 28” wide, so you will need to connect 4 looms. Cut your warp threads twice the length you want your throw to be, plus an extra 12" as called for in the instructions. Then start weaving! Check out our rug video for more tips.

We used a variety of white and cream colored yarns to weave stripes. Try fun fur yarns, thick wool yarns, textured yarns, thin yarns, etc. to add interest. You can weave with more than 1 strand of yarn at a time to weave faster! When you’re done weaving, knot the ends of the warp threads as specified in the instructions. We added tassels made from a thicker wool yarn.

PILLOW:
The pillow is made from two 16” squares. We used a mustard colored yarn for the warp. Weave the base stripes first: 1.5" of dark gray fun fur, 2" of soft gray yarn, 9" of cream yarn, 2" of soft gray yarn, and 1.5" of dark gray fun fur.

Next embroider over the base. We kept it simple, but you can embroider whatever you want! Finally, attach the two squares to make a pillow. We tied the warp threads together at the top and bottom, then trimmed the fringe to length. Stick a 16” pillow insert inside, sew up the sides, and enjoy your new pillow!

What have you made with the Loopdeloom? Show us! Share your project on social media with the hashtag #wherefunrules.

October 24, 2017

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Tips & Tricks: Our Most Popular Craft Kits

Based on feedback from crafty customers like you, we’re sharing a few tips and tricks on how to make some of our most popular craft kits. We are always here to help you start your new craft projects -  if you have questions, please feel free to shoot us an email at info@annwilliamsgroup.comHappy Crafting!

Craft-tastic Yarn Giraffes Kit

When beginning this craft, it's important to make sure that your cardboard pieces are lined up and assembled firmly together. Having extra double-sided tape around can be handy, especially to help any loose yarn stick to the cardboard when wrapping. Don't forget to pull the yarn tightly when wrapping around the cardboard, and also to keep the yarn as flat and smooth as possible. Tip: don't twist the yarn!

Craft-tastic Paper Bowls Kit

This is one of our favorite crafts, but it does take some patience. Start by generously applying glue to both sides of the paper circle, then placing it onto the bowl form provided. We find that it's best if you begin placing them around the rim, then work towards the center. Know that it's okay to have gaps between the circles - this is normal!

Also, if you are having trouble getting your paper circles to curve with the bowl, wait a few minutes for the glue to become tacky, then press down the paper edges and they will stay in place. While you are waiting for the glue to try between coats, don't forget to wrap your foam applicator in plastic wrap so the glue doesn't dry onto the applicator brush.

Craft Crush Felt Succulents Kit

One of the coolest things about our Felt Succulents Kit is that you don't necessarily need to display them in the tray included, but you can actually use them individually or separate them into groups for decor around your home or office.

When you start this craft, it's important to make sure that you are rolling the felt tightly, and to secure the rolled felt petals tightly with the rubber bands provided, even if it means wrapping them around a few times.

Once you've created a tight roll of felt and secured it, arrange the petals by pulling on them gently to separate and create dimension. This may take some practice and finessing, to get the desired look you want. Be patient!

Once you've finished your succulent, customize it with colored chalk to make it look realistic and for added texture. Tip: use a little bit of hairspray to set the chalk and voilà! You've just created beautiful, felt succulents. 

June 01, 2017

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