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Welcome to the Create and Craft Club

Welcome to the Create and Craft Club

Get the Kids Ready to go Back to School with 11 Fun Crafts

Yes, you read that right! The new school year is right around the corner, and with current government guidance saying that all pupils will return to school for autumn term, it’s time to get the little ones ready to hit the books. You can help make this transition easier – and more fun! – with some quick and easy crafts. We've rounded up 11 exciting projects to try, so have a look and see what catches your eye – and don’t forget to get the kids involved!

Get the Kids Ready to go Back to School with 11 Fun Crafts

1. Reusable Sandwich Bags

Lunchtime is a special time of the day for school-goers, and if you're not loading them up with Tupperware or wasteful plastic bags, you'll want a good, waterproof bag to pack their food in. Luckily, we've got a fab tutorial here on how to stitch a reusable sandwich bag - give it a go!

2. Pencil Toppers

Cute and silly toppers are a great way to add a little fun to writing. Have a blast recreating your child’s favourite animals or designing unusual monsters - just make sure there aren't any dangly bits or the topper might become too distracting and difficult to use.

[image credit: liagriffith.com/monster-and-kitty-felt-pencil-toppers]

3. Pencil Case

If it's allowed by the school, personalised pencil cases are a great way to make dull school supplies more cheerful. Kids will love picking out their favourite fabric designs, and you can even let them try a few basic stitches – under strict supervision, of course.

[image credit: crafts-beautiful.com/projects/patchwork-pencil-case]

4. Pencil Pots

If you don't have any plastic pots, tins, jars and repurposed bottles make excellent DIY pencil pots. Simply decorate with paper, paint or strips of vibrant washi tape – like those in the Creativ Washi Tape Pack of Assorted Designs and Colours (451025) – and set up a cheerful homework station.

[image credit: thecraftblog.com/blog/april-2015/kids-craft-diy-washi-tape-pencil-pot-tutorial]

5. Bookmarks

Not only are these fabulous slips of card handy for keeping track of progress in reading and workbooks, but they’re also great fun to make! Use a collection like the Colortime A4 Card in 12 Assorted Colours (485822) and raid your stash for pretty embellishments to add the finishing touch.

[image credit: diys.com/create-your-own-bookmarks]

6. Personalised Keyrings

Brighten up a boring old school bag with a fun and quirky keyring. Unlike pencil toppers or personalised pencil cases, a keyring hanging on your little one's school bag is completely unobtrusive while still adding an element of fun to the school day. Use a creative medium like the Nabbi Pastel Coloured Fuse Beads (485738), and let your child discover the endless possibilities of their creativity.

[image credit: youtube.com/watch?v=-R3YGLUsjRY]

7. Egg Cosies

There's nothing more important than a healthy breakfast to start a day of learning! Get creative making some sweet egg cosies from colourful felt – like our 20cm X 30cm Craft Felt Sheets (479837) – and your little one will look forward to their tasty soft-boiled egg every morning.

[image credit: aspoonfulofsugardesigns.com/2015/03/bunny-egg-cosy-tutorial]

8. Book Sleeve

A handy fabric cover is perfect for protecting school workbooks, as well as adding a little pop of colour. We've got a great tutorial on how to make your own here, so you can get creative with bright fabrics, such as Stuart Hillard's Hot Air Balloon Fat Quarters (491604). If the sleeves aren't allowed at school, they're great for using at home.

9. Rainbow Notebook Cover

A simple card design on the front of your little one's workbook will help to make writing more fun. Hannah Oxberry has put together a handy tutorial on how to make an adorable rainbow cover here using the ScanNCut, but you can easily use dies or hand cut the card to achieve the same effect..

10. Reading Practice Pointers

While simple, these pointers are great for keeping track of a little one's progress in a book, which will help them as they develop their reading skills. Have a peek at our handy tutorial on making them here, and pick up a Crayola Large Craft Chest (514734) for all the decorative elements you could need.

11. Personalised Rucksack

Simple appliqué elements, like a monster mouth or cute cat ears, can completely transform your little tyke's backpack and make it more exciting to wear day in, day out. Let your child get involved in the design process, too, and see what you can come up with together.

[image credit: what-rachel-made-today.blogspot.com/2011/02/tutorial-monster-backpack.html]