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Fill your craft box in January

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The month of March is National Craft Month, but crafts are a great way to enjoy cold winter days. January is a great time to refill your craft supplies.

At Michaels and A.C. Moore, you will find many craft supplies on sale this month. You can also pick up craft supplies at Walmart, the dollar store and many other retail stores.

If your home is big enough, set up a craft room or closet. If you don't have space to dedicate to crafting, use a large plastic storage box or an over-the-door shoe holder for your craft supplies.

Many families work on crafts over the holidays and you may find your supplies low as the new year rolls around. Here are some items every craft box needs.

  • Colored paper
  • Cardstock paper
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Paints and paintbrushes
  • Colored pencils
  • Beads
  • Sequins
  • Glitter
  • Crayons
  • Stickers
  • Stampers and stamp pads

Some other items that are nice to add to your craft box include: foam sheets and stickers, pipe cleaners in various colors, ribbon, pom-poms, popsicle sticks, yarn, fabric scraps and ready-to-make craft kits.

Crafting comes naturally for some parents. For others, thinking up craft ideas isn't as easy. Here are a few craft websites to check out for kids' craft ideas. You will find all of these pages on Facebook too.

Red Ted Art offers craft ideas for kids and adults. There's a special kids' craft section on the website. There are also helpful videos and easy how-to tips.

Happy Hooligans offers lots of great craft ideas for kids with photos and how-to tips. You'll also find sections with ideas for outdoor play, sensory play, water play and lots of recipes for DIY crafts.

The Imagination Tree offers lots of ideas for crafts and creative play for kids. You can look for ideas by age, category or specific activities. There are many graphics and DIY ideas on this site too.

Kids and crafts go together. During cold winter days, a craft box offers a whole world of fun for kids of all ages. Fill up your craft box this month so you'll be ready for fun with crafts for every season.

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