You may have seen me talk a bit about what had been going on before school began with the transfer of children from unaccredited schools to other districts. Our District happened to accept the second largest amount of transfers for the school year from Early Education to Highschool. There were also many Early Education centers that had closed due to lack of funds that had wound up transferring their students to our location as well.
Thousands of kids in St. Louis cannot afford basic school supplies and although parents purchase extra supplies to help cover children in need in their schools, the needs are ever increasing. I was given the opportunity to purchase and donate craft supplies to a local school or organization for children in need and originally I was going to donate to one of St. Louis’s main non-profits for school supplies, but then I realized that there were children and classes in need closer to home. Our school district had lost the votes to help with needed funds to help our district and run the free Early Education centers. With the influx of kids this year from centers that had already closed, I wanted to help. So a friend of mine, a fellow classroom parent, went with me to Walmart and picked up lots of items from Fiskars, Crayola and Elmer’s for the classrooms!
Our center is not only for Early Education, but also has classes for advanced and special needs students K-12. When considering items for donation, make sure that it covers a wide range of art supplies for the individual classrooms. Some of the items we picked up were:
- Fiskars Blunt, Pointed and Edger Scissors
- Crayola Markers & Crayons – Large & Small
- Elmers Glue & Glitter Glue
- Crayola Model Magic & Air Dry Clay
- Crayola Dry Erase Boards & Paper
If you are donating for more advanced students, Fiskars also offers a wide variety of measuring boards and different craft cutters.
It’s important for children to have the ability to express themselves through creative play and art. Imagination is the key to developing creative thinking and problem solving skills as well as understanding others and harnessing empathy. Creative Arts in schools has been proven to help students understand other subjects, like math and science, more clearly. Most importantly, however, it is an important way for children to express themselves and connect with others.
For me, the Fiskars Shape Their Future donation wasn’t only to support students in need of supplies, but also to support teachers keeping the art programs alive in our district. So along with the donation I wanted to send a card to the teacher who has done so much for my son and the other students in the classroom. We decided to create the card by using one of the Kid Krafts from Fiskars! Although we couldn’t find some of the items preferred for the craft at our local Walmart, we were still able to make the cards.
The art tools you need for this craft:
- Crayola Crayons & Card Stock
- Fiskars kids scissors (we have the blunt edge for tot)
- Elmers Glue.
We also added in some foam boards for sparkling color!
Help your child by drawing the shape on the card stock and (if they need it) helping them cut out the shape. After Judah cut out the first bus shape, I placed it on the paper and cut out around it to have them both match. We then cut out the shapes for the tires and windows the same way.
Before we glued the pieces on, we stapled the two pieces of card stock together. Then we glued on the wheels and windows. After it had dried, we wrote our “Thank You” note inside the card.
This is a really simple craft for kids, no matter how big or small they are. It is also a way they can show their appreciation!
We brought the card and the supplies to his teacher, who would also be the one to pass out the products to the classes that need them. She is always making the children home made supplies, up-cycling crafts and using unique ideas for sensory play so I was really delighted to offer something back for all that she has put into the classroom for our kids.
You can also take part in Fiskars Shape Their Future and Champions For Kids by donating supplies to your school, teacher, a local organization that helps kids or even a social worker. It isn’t about how much you can give, it could be a single pack of crayons to a box of craft tools. It is about showing your support for creative play for kids and Art Classes for teens; giving back to teachers and schools that are keeping these programs alive and for the future of our children.
You can learn more about Champions for Kids by visiting the webpage, “Liking” them on Facebook and/or @Champions4Kids. You can also find other craft projects and donations by checking out the Pinterest Page!