DLTK's Crafts for Kids

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A bounty of fun crafts for kids, but some iffy ads.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Site features plenty of ideas for simple, wholesome fun.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

Several prominently placed ads, including one for a fad diet site.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that DLTK's Crafts for Kids offers fun craft ideas for kids ages 2 and up. Some of the crafts need parental supervision, and many need a printer. The instructions are framed by a banner ad at the top, and there's another large ad that links to a fad diet site.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • letter or word recognition
  • reading

Math

  • counting
  • numbers
  • shapes

Arts

  • drawing
  • painting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Fun site offers a seemingly limitless number of craft activities as well as games and puzzles. It would be nice to be able to search by age group somehow.

Learning Approach

Kids learn by coloring, building, cooking, writing, doing puzzles, and other hands-on pursuits. The crafts help kids practice reading and following directions while giving them a creative outlet.

Support

Parents and kids can download an abundance of printables. Some of the crafts need parental supervision, and many need a printer.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • letter or word recognition
  • reading

Math

  • counting
  • numbers
  • shapes

Arts

  • drawing
  • painting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Kids can learn lots of basic concepts on DLTK's Crafts for Kids, an educational site that's maintained by a mother of two. In addition to ABCs and 123s, kids will learn about holidays, cultures, animals, nutrition, weather, and much more. There are also more advanced activities for older kids -- like how to write checks and balance a checkbook -- that demonstrate how skills they learn in school are used in the "real world." Although the site is rather low-tech, there's no shortage of activities that combine learning with fun.

This Learning Rating review was written by Susan Yudt

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What's it about?

If you've ever wanted to know how to make a "Hello Kitty" cake or wondered where you could download some printable coloring pages, look no further -- DLTK'S CRAFTS FOR KIDS has all of these items and lots more. You can search by subject, the type of craft material you have on hand, or by the name of a favorite character, such as SpongeBob Squarepants. In addition to hands-on crafts, there are also activities like games and puzzles. Many of the crafts are educational, teaching basic concepts in math, reading, and other subjects.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

With an abundance of printables and a wealth of ideas on how to put all those empty baby food jars (as well as other materials) you've kept "for someday" to good use, DLTK's Crafts for Kids offers users a seemingly limitless number of craft activites. There are many ways to find just the right activity, but it would be nice to be able to search by age group somehow, such as "Toddlers" or "Preschoolers." Still, it's easy enough to find something for everyone.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what doing crafts teaches us. How can you apply what you learn from creating something -- patience, imagination, a sense of fun -- to other things in life, such as friendships and school?

  • What materials can you find around the house -- that are usually thrown away or recycled -- that would be great for crafts?

Website details

Genre:Creating
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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