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Craft time with your kids can be a simple and fun way to bond and explore creativity. Making crafts is an excellent learning tool for children, and can help them learn how to focus and see a project through to the end.
But what do you do when your kids aren’t being little angels? How can you make craft time with kids more peaceful?
The suggestions below will help you to fine tune your crafting time so that you’re pulling your hair out less and enjoying time with your kids more.
Choose The Right Crafts
What do your kids like? If your daughter hates princesses but loves ponies, don’t make her create a princess paper doll. Do crafts that embrace her for who she really is!
Make A List
It’s frustrating to sit down to make some crafts with your kids, only to discover you’re out of glue or paint. Make a list of the craft supplies you use often, and check that you’re not running out now and then.
Use A Plastic Table Cloth For Craft Time
Oh my goodness do kids love getting paint and glue everywhere! My son has a small Ikea table I bought specifically so he could destroy it while we are crafting, but if you’re doing crafts at the kitchen table this tip is for you.
A cheap plastic table cloth will protect that antique table from all kinds of scuffs, paint splashes, and glue drips!
Set Up The Table
Before you announce that it’s craft time, set up all the tools you’ll need. That way you won’t have to step away from your kids while they have scissors in their hands to grab the glue!
Go For Washable
There are many washable paints and markers out there, so there is no reason to risk damaging your furniture with an errant marker line!
Have Wet Washclothes And Sponges Ready To Go
Get a few simple cleaning supplies ready to go before your kids start creating anything. You know they’re going to make a mess, so it’s better to just be prepared!
Have Them Wear Old Clothes
Don’t put your kids in clothes that you want to keep clean. Even if they wear an apron, they can get paint on their clothes!
If you don’t have any clothes that you are willing to get dirty, a quick and cheap shopping trip at a thrift store can remedy that.
Take Part In Craft Time
Show your children how to do the craft you have set up. I would suggest having one finished craft, and then one that you are working on while they work on theirs.
That way, they can do their own craft but look to you and mimic what you are doing.
Don’t Expect Perfection At Craft Time
Your kid isn’t going to make the Mona Lisa. They’re also not going to be perfectly neat and tidy while crafting. I’m 30 years old, and even I get glue and paint on my hands!
So relax a little and let them have fun with the crafts. A little mess is worth fostering their creativity.
Choose Easy Crafts
Easy crafts won’t take as much of your energy to make, and will be simpler for children to understand. Some good ideas include:
- Galaxy jars
- Finger painting
- Tie-dye shirts
- Playdough crafts
- Sock plushies
- Holiday cards
- Water candles
- Weaving crafts
- DIY wind chimes
There are a ton of great options for simple crafts. A lot of them can even turn out really cool, and might spark your child’s inner entrepreneur!
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