If you’re stuck in a crayon and paper rut, a trip to the newly relocated Artist & Craftsman Supply in historic Jackson Square is sure to inspire. The array of nontoxic art materials can overwhelm, so we asked the staff for guidance.
Form and Function
Start by picking a fave from the selection of sturdy papier-mache forms, then add flair with paint, markers, jewels, and glitter glue. Turn cones into princess hats, boxes into treasure chests, and plain gabled houses into fairy cottages. $2 and up.
Know When to Fold ’Em
You vaguely remember how to fold a paper hat, but anything fancier is hopeless. Get a hand from Yasutomo’s colorful, patterned origami paper packs, which include instructions for basic animals, boxes, and birds. For extra help, opt for the kits with pre-printed fold lines. $2.50-$12.
String Them Up
Nothing eats up time like sorting and stringing beads. Choose from every shape, size, and color, from glittering glass to large-eyed plastic Pony beads. But it’s the one-pound bags of multicolored, glow-in-the-dark baubles that stop our munchkins in their tracks. For little fingers, the staff recommends stringing beads on a stiff but flexy Rexlace. $3 and up.
Float Someone’s Boat
If you like things that go, you can’t go wrong with a wooden toy model. Easily assembled — with a bit of help from mom or dad — these simple trains, pirate ships, helicopters, and jets are brought to life with watercolors, markers, or tempera paints. $2-$3.
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Available at Artist & Craftsman Supply, 555 Pacific Avenue, between Montgomery and Kearny Streets (415-931-1900 or sanfrancisco.artistcraftsman.com). Sunday afternoon crafting begins after Thanksgiving.
What: A revival of the 1977 kid megahit, in an intimate theater.
Why: The sun will come out.
When: Thru Dec. 4.
Where: Julia Morgan Center for the Arts, 2640 College Ave., at Derby St., Berkeley. Tickets at 510-845-8542 ext. 397 or online at ticketturtle.com. Adults, $35; children 6-17, $25; children 5 and under, $17.
What: Marin musicians, including Miss Kitty and Tim Cain, serenade the wee-est of concert-goers.
Why: Raise the roof.
When: Sat., 10 a.m. & noon.
Where: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 240 Tiburon Blvd. Tickets online at inticketing.com. Adults and children, $8.
Children’s Story Time
What: A nature-themed story, answers to everyday mysteries (are trees alive?), and the arboretum beckoning afterward.
Why: One less question to google.
When: Sat., 10:30 a.m.
Where: Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture, 9th Ave., at Lincoln Way, Golden Gate Park (415-661-1316 ext. 403). Story time, free; arboretum admission, adults, $7; children, $2.
Photo: Courtesy of Artist & Craftsman Supply