I can remember clear as day the first crafting class I took my son to. It was one of those free Home Depot workshop classes and the project was to build and paint an ambulance. Since my son was pretty little, I did most of the hammer and nail work, but when it was time to paint, I let him take the reigns. He mixed colors and made a mess while other kids were carefully guided by their parents to paint within the lines and make their ambulance as close to an exact replica as possible. Guess who had more fun by the end of the workshop?
That’s right. My son. Why? Because crafting is just plain FUN and it was one of those rare parts of life where there is no right or wrong answer. It is perfect for kids of all ages (even when you are 102 years old, as my grandpa taught me) and such a great way for kids to have screen free fun.
So if you are looking for something a little bit different that will teach your kiddos about the many different types of art out there, check out Our Favorite Kids Crafting Classes in Chicagoland.
Crafting has become all the rage thanks to Pinterest and Etsy, and with the plethora of craft classes (not just in Chicagoland but all over the world), it is easy to find the perfect hobby for your kids…or even inspire a side hustle for you (I mean, you aren’t busy, right mama?!?).
I love introducing my boys to different types of crafting because it shows them that art is for EVERYONE (not just girls) and that there are different ways to go on a crafting journey to come up with their final work of art. While it can be hard to teach kids to explore and take their own path, but crafting sure does help.
Finally, small and fine motor skills are greatly improved by crafting. Yes, you might get a kink in your neck from constantly hunching over to work, but your hands and mind will be greatly strengthened. I mean, the coloring book rage that took over a couple of years ago? It led to some very creative and relaxed moms…which is great for the whole entire world.
WAYS TO THINK OF CRAFTING
When I hear “crafting classes,” I think of stores like Joanne’s and Michael’s and honestly…I think of moms. But here’s the thing. Crafting is COOL now, so you can find unique and creative crafting options just about everywhere. Your favorite boutique? They probably offer classes. Your go-to bakery? I’m sure they do, too. Open your mind and you will find that there are TONS of different crafting opportunities in your area, from traditional painting classes to candle making, cupcake decorating, flower arranging, and so much more!
OUR FAVORITE CRAFTING CLASSES IN CHICAGOLAND
Sweet T’s Bakery, Arlington Heights
This woman owned business offers cookie and cupcake decorating—a yummy and creative way to spend 30 minutes or so.
The Painted Penguin, Northbrook, Vernon Hills, Chicago, Bloomingdale, West Dundee
The options are truly endless at any of the Painted Penguin locations. Whether signing up for a class or drop-in crafting, there are over 3,000 pieces to choose from in order to create your own unique piece of art. You can choose from painting, canvas painting, beading, or even archeologic digs—my boys’ favorite!
Board and Brush, Multiple locations
You know those rustic signs that you fill your cart with every time you go to Home Goods? You can make them YOURSELF at a Board and Brush location. There are tons of different templates to choose from, and with different paint and wood stain options, your finished sign will undoubtedly be just as unique as you are.
Chelsea’s Beads, Highland Park
Know someone who loves baubles? Then sign up together for a DIY jewelry workshop at this North Shore boutique. Students can choose their own beading project for the day, led by a long time jewelry making instructor Nancy Schwartz. Just stop by anytime!
Tastebuds Kitchen, Bannockburn
Kids can cook with a caregiver, their entire family, or on their own thanks to the wide array of classes that Tastebuds Kitchen has to offer. Even the littlest chefs can learn how to make scrumptious cupcakes and other seasonal treats. With a wide variety of cuisine and classes offered, it will be easy to find the right fit for your family.
FREE CRAFT CLASSES
Michael’s Kids’ Club, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Crafts will vary.
Joanne’s Fabric Sewing classes, every Second Saturday of the month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crafts will vary.
Lakeshore Learning Crafting, every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Home Depot Kids Workshop, every First Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to noon.