Children have an innate longing to create. A NASA study found that, while most 4- and 5-year-olds score as “creative geniuses” in a test, only 30% earn the same score five years later. Only 2% of these formerly creative geniuses score at the same level in adulthood. Grandparents can help nurture the “creative genius” in children. Arts and crafts is a medium for enjoying your time with your young loved ones while creating lasting memories and inspiring them to dream. Try these budget-friendly crafting ideas with your grandchildren on their next visit.


1. No Yawns with Yarn

Yarn is a handy craft supply that doesn’t cost or mess up much. It can be transformed into a wide range of projects for little ones and teens. Yarn comes in solid colors, variegated, and even with glitter. Dream catchers, friendship bracelets, and decorative yarn balls are just a few of the possibilities waiting for you and your grandkids to create.

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