The Truth About Crafting with Kids
Practice Makes Perfect When Creating Together
I think many of us have visions of how it will be to do crafts with our kids. (Cue the dream sequence music…) We’ll all sit around the table working on our creations. Each of us will have a smile on our faces as we quietly paint, glue and create.
CRASH- Nope!- toss THAT dream out the window.
Instead we finally manage to clear off the table and drag our supplies out. The oldest child moans about how boring your idea is, the baby starts eating marker tips and while you’ve been trying to get past these beginning hurdles and JUST GET STARTED, the four year old has been gluing foam bits to the table. (That’s why he was so quiet!!)
OK, the truth is: sometimes it’s really hard to have fun while crafting with kids. But it can be done! I’m going to begin sharing my crafting with kids tips with you on Wednesdays along with the Kids Get Crafty Link Ups.
The first tip I want to share is this: crafting with kids takes practice. Just like any other routine in your family life, crafting together gets easier if you do it more often. If you go into a project with the attitude that you’re just practicing this, and that the goal is to learn how to enjoy creating together with your children, you may be able to relax a bit more as you hit crafting obstacles.
One of my crafting secrets is having a few simple crafts that we repeat often. I can think of these off the top of my head, and even if we try something new, I can fall back on these if the new project is a miserable failure. Some of our easy crafting favorites are:
- Painting *anything* is usually a hit, even if there is no end product in mind.
- Drawing with crayons and using watercolors over the crayon lines
- Decorating paper airplanes
- Making cards with stickers, markers and glitter glue
Keep a few simple crafts up your sleeve, supplies ready, and it becomes easier to craft often. Craft often with your kids and you’ll begin to know what’s fun for your family and what will probably flop. As you get to know better what your family will enjoy you’ll have an easier time choosing what new crafts to explore together.
Happy crafting! Now get inspired by this week’s Kids Get Crafty!
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