GeekDad Crowdstorming — Assembling An Ultimate Kid Craft Box (Plus Contest!)

Crafts

Geek dads and moms… I need your help. My son’s 7th birthday is around the corner, and although my wife and I have gift ideas that he’s provided to us, I find myself wanting to offer him something that will feed his creativity. For some time now, he’s shown a solid interest in just making things. Duct tape, scissors, glue… these are his tools. Construction paper, string, cardboard, popsicle sticks… these are his materials.

For his birthday, I’m wanting to present him with The Ultimate Kid Craft Box — a toolbox/container full of useful (yet safe) tools and materials and widgets and other stuff. Ideally, I’d love to keep the price between $30 and $40. Michaels and Hobby Lobby offer up a lot of $1 craft supplies so I’m already planning a trip there to stock up.

Any suggestions? I don’t want to buy any one item that costs a substantial amount of money unless it’s something he can possibly re-use over and over. I think he’s old enough for a glue gun, but I’ll open that for debate. I want to cram this container full of amazing things, and I’d love to hear your ideas. (And please tell me where I can buy if it’s not a craft store kind of thing.)

Already in the box are the following — duct tape (assorted colors), popsicle sticks, string, scissors, clear tape, white glue, wiggly eyes, pipe cleaners, and all sorts of paper in all manner of colors.

Please offer up your suggestions in the comments, and I’ll be sure to post a photo of the final box along with an itemized list (and prices) of what I end up stuffing in there.

Project Kid

Finally, a contest for a free book, open to all US residents who contribute an idea or two for a craft supply or tool. Commenters will be entered into a random drawing to win a copy of a new book titled Project Kid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun by Amanda Kingloff and published by Artisan Books. (And I’ll be doing a more in-depth review of the book in a few weeks.) I’ll pick one lucky winner from all participants who respond in the comments with a tool, material, or other item that would be inexpensive and useful in a kid’s craft box — deadline will be 11:59pm PDT May 16, 2014. Winner will be notified via email with a request for a mailing address.

Note: I’d like to thank Elizabeth Z. with Artisan Books for providing a review copy and a giveaway copy.

James Floyd Kelly is a full-time writer. His latest three books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft, Tinkercad for Beginners and The Ultimate iPad. Learn more by visiting his website http://jamesfloydkelly.com