The Adult's Craft Kit

This crafts container is filled with materials that are X-rated — for safety, that is. This kit is filled with tools and supplies that your child can only work with under careful supervision — and possibly some things he cannot work with at all.

This container should be clearly labeled — perhaps you might decorate it with a large skull and crossbones, like they used to put on bottles of poison. It's certainly an arresting symbol. Your children should be taught to recognize the symbol and the box should be stored where they can't get at it.

You may also want to store especially messy materials in this container — anything you don't want your child getting into unless you're nearby. Make sure you stock a kid's craft kit for your child to use when you're not around to supervise.

Here's what goes in your kit:

  • Toxic paints
  • Toxic clays
  • Toxic glues
  • Lead products for glasswork, etc.
  • Soldering irons
  • Paint thinner
  • Power tools
  • Alcohol
  • Acetone
  • Kerosene
  • Craft knives
  • Cutters
  • Snips
  • Punches
  • Awls
  • Resins
  • Glues, including washable fabric glues, silicone glue, epoxies, Duco cement, and E-6000
  • Glue guns
  • Anything you don't want your child playing with when you're not working directly with him
  • Materials that might shatter or break easily, like glass
  • Anything you're saving for a special project
  • Anything you feel your child might be tempted to swallow

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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Crafts with Kids © 1998 by Georgene Lockwood. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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