First, I find a few crafts online that I like and print out the pictures. I then set it out for my FABULOUS aides that love to do crafty things. I am truly blessed with some crafty ladies ;)
My aides have enough experience with my kids to know just how much preparation needs to be done vs. how much the kids can do. I usually cut out all pieces and have them organized and ready to go.
Here are a few examples, Pictures of the completed crafts will be posted as we finish them!
Pattern Candy cane craft.
Big to Small Christmas Tree
Spell Your Name Snowman Craft
When I have the supplies ready for the craft I stick it in a manilla envelope so the pieces do not get lost. I also use pencil and write on the outside the needed supplies. For example, I would write christmas tree craft: glue sticks and pencil. This way, I can quickly set up for art time.
I do confess, I have bunches of things pinned to my pinterest boards months in advance. Then, when I have a day with four kids out sick and I can spare an aide, I have them make several crafts. I can sometimes have crafts prepared 3 months in advance! I love it.... over-prepared! :)