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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Primary Children's Medical Center patient Zach Both and his mother, Carina, try on their Halloween masks as Provo Craft hosted a hands-on crafting event at the hospital in Salt Lake City Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012.

SALT LAKE CITY — Provo Craft on Tuesday hosted a hands-on crafting event for patients at Primary Children's Medical Center to help them make Halloween masks using the Cricut Mini cutting machine.  

Arts and crafts is a reassuring and orienting experience that helps kids cope with the challenges often associated with long-term hospital care, according to Holly Moss-Rosen, certified child life specialist. Crafting projects help kids express their creativity, and gives a sense of control and choice in an unfamiliar environment.