CHA- Kids’ Crafts

While CHA is really known for scrapbooking and card making supplies, there are several other niche markets represented, including crafts for kids. I tracked down a number of companies, some tiny & family-owned, some big, well-known names, all with one goal in mind: keeping my kids from being bored.

Preschool Projects LLC has come up with cute, quick projects for the little fingers. These kits will be showing up at A.C. Moore next month, and with an MSRP of $1.99, are just right for calming the “one last stop” meltdowns.

My Friendship Bracelet Maker is another tiny start-up… invented by a grandfather while babysitting his granddaughters (to keep their bracelet-making rigs from being safety-pinned to the sofa!), this product line speaks to those of us who remember making bracelet after bracelet in 7th grade. What a great way to share this craft with our own kids… and the pre-cut strands & built-in storage? Genius!

Speaking of 7th grade, Shrinky Dinks are just like you remember them, except full of new, trendy designs that, while marketed toward kids, would make super cute charms for cards & scrapbook pages. These kits will be in catalogs and specialty shops, with a a $17 MSRP.

Sandtastik, known for their colored sand and plaster products, has come out with Sand Scenes, a tacky board with peel-off areas that kids can sprinkle with sand… gives a whole new meaning to sand art!

Marina Games lets kids do what they’ve always wanted: invent their OWN board game, with their OWN rules. Oldest siblings are shouting for joy! The Create a Game looks like fun, not just in the creating stage, but in the playing stage too.

 Xyron is relaunching their Magic Sticker Maker… now your kid’s scribbles art can stick around for a long time… literally!

EK Success has a line of adorable American Girl crafts that not only follow along with the American Girl books, but are delightfully cute in their own right.  Here’s a great way for moms (and dads!) to connect with their pre-tweener, and help the kids learn sewing, scrapbooking, and all sorts of other crafts. Available at Michael’s now, shipping to independent stores in October.

Colorbök has some licensed some familiar names & faces: Peanuts by Schultz, and Build-a-Bear. Color-on wood pieces, needlepoint, sun catchers & more on the Snoopy side of things; diy stuffed animals from Build-a-Bear… their kids’ craft bases are covered!

Let us know what you think! See something your kids are going to go nuts for? Leave us a comment and let us know, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for one of three Scor-Buddy prize packs from Scor-Pal!

And Scor-Pal has a giveaway for 3 lucky readers!!  Just leave a comment on this article, (on our website in the comments) letting us know all the fabulous creations you would use the Scor-Buddy for and you will be entered for a chance to win one of your very own.  You have until  Sunday, August 1st at midnight CST to enter.  One comment per person.

Scor-Buddy is the latest in our family of amazing tools for card makers and scrapbookers, the perfect size for crops, classes and retreats.

Click on the link at the top of the page to visit Craft Critique for comments, giveaways and more!

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Dana Vitek

Dana Vitek is a craft-‐‑supply hoarder with an obscenely understanding husband. She works full-‐‑time as a geologist, and spends her free time sort of paying attention to her two kids, reading a lot, and crafting. She's a crocheter, but not a knitter because knitting seems way too complicated. She's a card maker, but usually only 10 minutes before a birthday party. She cusses at her sewing machine. She has at least 12 different types of glue, but can never find the scissors she wants when she wants them. Dana started writing and editing for Craft Critique in 2008. She is perhaps best known for her Mother of All Black Ink Tests, and her annual April Fool's posts. She blogs extremely irregularly at Stamping Science.

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51 Responses to CHA- Kids’ Crafts

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    Linda July 28, 2010 at 8:44 am #

    Love my scor pal and need to check the scor buddy!

    Linda A

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    pattywagan July 28, 2010 at 8:51 am #

    I love my score pal and would love to have the score buddy! It’s portability would allow me to take it to crops to create cards and embossed layouts!

    Loved seeing the new stuff, keep it coming. Patty

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    craftymom205 July 28, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    I would create small treat boxes with a scor-buddy.

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    2KutiesGrandma July 28, 2010 at 8:59 am #

    I love my Scor Pal, but it is sometimes unwieldy for my card-making. Would love to have a ScorBuddy for its portability and better size for making cards.

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    Donna VW July 28, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    Looks like I am going to have to “borrow” my little nieces for a trip to Michaels.

    Thanks for a chance at the Score Buddy!

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    Cheryl July 28, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    Looks like kids are totally making out this year. Awesome products.
    Cheryl Sims

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    rudie2shoes July 28, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    I would make small gift boxes! How cool. 🙂

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    Janette July 28, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    Oh, pick me. I really need a score buddy! Love the idea of portability.

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    smahrty July 28, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    wow! love all those kid crafts, think i will be shopping for several of them. And i would use a score buddy over and over!

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    Tona July 28, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    I have a scor pal & I’m a card maker so i know that I’d have lots of fun with this little guy.

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    Amy July 28, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    I have the scor pal… well I do when my Mom isn’t borrowing it from me. Time to get get a scor buddy so it is easier to “share” 🙂

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    Erika M. July 28, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    I love kid’s crafts – very cool displays – I’m a teacher so I see a lot of potential for the Scor Buddy as an aid for my classroom.

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    Kelly Massman July 28, 2010 at 10:24 am #

    Thanks for a chance to win the scor pal!

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    ania July 28, 2010 at 10:37 am #

    I find myself creating more and more cards – would be awesome having one of those for that!

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    wilcoxdesigns July 28, 2010 at 10:54 am #

    I’m always looking for great kid specific materials and these look perfect.

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    StampinCathy July 28, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    I’m lovin all the fun things that Kids can make. Thanks for a chance at this sweet giveaway.

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    Rebecca July 28, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    My DD would love the make your own sticker from Xyron. I would love a chance at the Scor-Buddy!

    🙂 Rebecca Keppel

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    ScrappinCntryGrl July 28, 2010 at 11:42 am #

    oh my i remember shrinky dinks as a kid, loved watching them in the oven shrink up…glad they are back.

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    Lynda July 28, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    Great CHA review…love all the papers and the kids kits are great! Use my score pal all the time and ‘buddy’ looks great for cardmaking.

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    Stephanie Smith July 28, 2010 at 11:46 am #

    Would love to get my hands on this.

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    Siri Fjørtoft, Fjørtoft Design July 28, 2010 at 11:47 am #

    I keep trying. The scorbuddy will be mine!!

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    Jan Castle July 28, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    Would love to give the Scor-Buddy a try…have the Scor-Pal…can see many uses for this tool as it is small and easy to carry with my crafting ‘stuff’! Thanks for the chance to win one!

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    Tammy July 28, 2010 at 12:14 pm #

    These children’s kits are so super cute, I can’t wait to get a few to make with my little one. Also, thanks for the chance to win the Scor-Buddy, I love my Scor-Pal and the Buddy would be a great addition to my tool kit.

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    corinna July 28, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    My favorite thing about the Scor-Buddy is the open side and compact size, but it doesn’t lose it’s AWESOMEness!! I’d love to make cards and envies with it and it’d be great to take to a crop.

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    rush8888 July 28, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    this could probably help scoring boxes, too.

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    scrapaddict July 28, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    I would love to win the Score Buddy! It would be great to use for making embeliishments and elements for my scrapbook pages so they POP!! Also, I am new to card making and this tool would sure make that hobby much easier than the bone folder and ruler I am currently using! =) Thanks for the chance to win! What a great item the Score Buddy is!!!

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    Melinda AKA medialady July 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm #

    I would use this to take to crops to make cards and goodies!

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    Karla Anderson July 28, 2010 at 2:40 pm #

    SO many new ideas for my craft loving niece:-)
    I would be using my scor-buddy for embossing score lines on some wedding announcements I am going ot doing soon and also making matching envelopes. Love the smaller footprint of the scor-buddy – less room on the craft desk and portable to classes and crops!

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    diane mcvey July 28, 2010 at 3:02 pm #

    The kid’s kits are all super! The friendship bracelet maker looks really neat; and who doesn’t love shrinky dinks??!! Snoopy and friends look like fun, and I would love to make stickers from the kids’ art! Lots of great products for us! And the Scor-Buddy for MOM! 😀

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    Do Be Do Bead Do July 28, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    Some of these kits look like fun for any age — love that build a game kit and the shrinky-dinks … way cool. p.s. I would really like to have a scor-buddy. I have the bigger scor-pal, and, well, want them both!

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    Michelle July 28, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    Thanks for sharing so much with us.
    I would use the scor-buddy to take along with me to my card making group.

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    Wendy July 28, 2010 at 3:44 pm #

    I love creating hybrid cards and projects using my digital scrapbooking supplies! The scor buddy would be perfect! Thanks for the chance!

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    Tammy D July 28, 2010 at 5:03 pm #

    I would love one. I borrow a friend’s from time to time. I couldn’t make a straight fold on my own.

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    Jen July 28, 2010 at 7:22 pm #

    Who doesn’t need a craft buddy? This is such a good idea. I would use it for cardmaking mainly

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    Our Little Inspirations July 28, 2010 at 7:43 pm #

    Scor-Buddy is so convenient for those smaller items when you have less space to work in and I sure would love to bring one home to live with me 🙂 TFS!

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    Lindsey July 28, 2010 at 8:06 pm #

    I like the smaller size of the Scor-Buddy. Love the CHA glimpses you’re giving us.

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    Ruth July 28, 2010 at 11:51 pm #

    always good to have something for the kids, i usually dont scrap at home, so the score pal is perfect for that, but when i am at home, it is useful to have a second scoring board for my kids to use, since it is so study they dont have to worry about using it

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    Dollie July 29, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    I would use the Score Buddy on making boxes and cards. Love the kid’s crafts, although I’m thinking of getting some Shrink Dink thingies for myself 🙂

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    Maureen July 29, 2010 at 8:44 am #

    the score buddy is such a cool tool – Thanks for the chance to win one – I love all those other crafts – great fun

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    Lori July 29, 2010 at 8:51 am #

    The Scor pal is great. I’m sure the kids and I could do some pretty amazing stuff together with it!

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    PinkPug,INK. July 29, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    I’d love to win a ScorBuddy to help make the folds on my cards straight!

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    michib2006 July 29, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    I would love to win a Scor Buddy!! I have been trying to find one at my LSS since you featured them on your website, with no luck 🙁

    I would like to try to take my cards beyond the traditional folds, and I’m sure the Scor Buddy would be great for that (and to take along to crops)>

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    AnneMaflan July 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    I use my Scor-Pal all of the time, but it’s not portable. I can take the Scor-Buddy with me wherever I go! I’d use it to make A2 cards and envies.

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    Ginny Penn July 29, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    So glad they have some quick projects for kids. Just what they need.

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    GrammaR July 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    love the kids crafts. too bad my youngest is 19! i could have used some of those. i, however, would have fun with the shrinky dinks! my scor-pal would really like a scor-buddy! pal would like to stay home instead of being squeezed in when i take him on journeys. buddy would be a good companion on the road.

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    gobarb26 July 29, 2010 at 8:57 pm #

    I would like to have the Score Buddy to take with me to my club meetings so I don’t have to lug my larger scoring boards. I just saw a tutorial about making a great scored card with it. Looks like fun!

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    Bel July 30, 2010 at 9:28 am #

    I’d make cards, envelopes, boxes, and mini-books’ pages with this! 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity!

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    Marge July 30, 2010 at 9:46 am #

    My crafting focus is card making, so I would use Scor-Buddy for not only fold lines on my cards, but for making those all-important textured additional lines for borders, plaids, diagonals, etc. on the card front! Thanks for a chance to win!!!

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    billiejo July 30, 2010 at 9:58 am #

    The kids craft isles is one of my favorite places to look for new ideas for my cards and scrapbooking. Of course, if I had a Scor-Buddy, I’d probably find 10 new ways to use shrinky dinks and foam. I know I’d finally have properly folded cards and that would make me smile, smile, smile.

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    Stacey July 31, 2010 at 1:43 am #

    Been looking at one of these for awhile. Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

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    Kit August 1, 2010 at 7:52 am #

    Would love to use the scor Buddy for scoring cards and small envelopes.