If you're a parent -- whether you work during the week or are at home with the kids all day -- you know that you can never have too many easy, last-minute craft projects in your mental arsenal. When the toddler is screaming, the preschooler is destroying the kitchen and the first-grader is bored out of her gourd, you need to be able to rally the troops, stop the insanity and get their creative juices flowing with a good, old-fashioned project.
Of course, crafts are fun during well-behaved times of day, too, but they also serve the purpose of keeping the kiddos away from the TV and the computer (at least for a few minutes). And you don't have to go shopping for any fancy materials -- kids aren't picky. They'll be happy as long as they can create and spend quality time with you.
We've come up with a list of simple projects, most of which use household items that you probably already have on hand. They can work for almost any age group, and you can customize them for any holiday: Make red and green noodle necklaces for Christmas, maybe, or patriotic bedazzled sunglasses for the Fourth of July. And all of them would be equally fun for a solo rainy day or a birthday party.
So, what are you waiting for? Here are 10 easy crafts for kids.