One of the many areas where we can do our part to keep kids safe is right at home. As a do-it-yourself enthusiast, I know just how much fun a craft project can be for a little one, but I’m also aware of the risks that can accompany crafts for kids if you’re not careful. Today I want to share my top safety tips to keep your DIY crafting kids accident free!
Preschooler Safety Tips for Crafting
1. Be cautious and never leave kids unattended.
2. Purchase child-proof scissors with blunt edges and teach them how they’re used properly. Even though this style of scissor will help avoid accidents, they’re not risk-free. Make sure they know to only handle scissors when properly seated.
3. Use only non-toxic paints, glues and markers.
4. Be careful with small parts. Buttons, plastics and other fun embellishments are really appealing to curious and hungry toddlers, keep them on you and away from tiny fingers. You don’t want them to become a choking hazard.
5. Create a DIY space just for kids. Keep this area clear of any tools or materials you don’t want them to have access to. It’s also a good idea to keep this low to the ground to avoid sudden falls.
6. Limit use of heated materials. Some craft projects may require a little help from a hairdryer, a glue gun or other heat involving tools. Instead of allowing the children to use these on their own, let them assist you however possible. When not in use, be sure to keep these out of reach from little hands.
7. Always keep an eye out for sharp edges. If it can cause more than a paper cut, think twice before allowing kids to use it.
8. Wear protective clothing. When necessary, dress children in long sleeves, pants and shoes to avoid skin exposure.
9. Keep a first aid kit handy and have emergency numbers on the kit, just in case.
I used to look after a little preschooler who had a thing for Band-Aids. You could find them in every room of the house, in various shapes, sizes and colors. To him, those flimsy little Band-Aids were the ultimate protection against danger and I never took the time to explain the difference to him, because all that mattered was that he felt safe.
When it comes to kids, there is no such thing as safe enough so I hope these safety tips help you out when doing crafts for kids! Last but not least, HAVE FUN! What is your favorite project that your crafting kids have done?