Don’t let crafts be intimidating

Don't let crafts be intimidating by What To Do With The KidsCrafts can be intimidating for some parents especially if they feel they have no artistic talent but they don’t have to be. 

The purpose of doing crafts with your kids is to spend time with your kids doing something together that will ideally contribute to their happy memories. 

Making a craft with your kid doesn’t have to be complicated or even expensive since many of the items you could use are available right in your own home. 

There are a number of items that you will need to buy and a few that you may not find around your home but will come in handy.  They include: glue; kid scissors; colored paper; crayons; craft sticks; pom-poms; water based paints; and brushes.

You’ll find a ton of items around the house that you would probably throw out but can be used in any number of crafts.  Think of it as artistic recycling.  A few of these free craft items include:  toilet paper rolls; paper towel rolls: gift wrapping rolls: old greeting cards; leftover gift wrap; pieces of yarn; newspapers; magazines; used paper; pieces of material; old clothes and rags; cardboard boxes; empty jars; paper bags; and old reusable food containers. 

There are a number of food items that can be used in crafts as well such as dry pasta.

Craft kits are available at art supply shops or department stores and usually include everything you need to make the craft and they are great to use once in a while because they can get expensive.  Once you have some materials, look on the internet and you’ll find thousands of craft ideas.  Better yet, why not go to our Crafts section HERE to find the one you want. 

Crafts are a great way for kids to develop their motor skills, learn to problem solve and explore their creativity.  As a parent, you’re there to help them along but not to make the craft for them.  They may get frustrated trying to glue craft sticks together or cutting the paper the way they want but encourage them and give them time to figure it out.  You don’t need to get frustrated and end up doing it for them, even if it’s just to finish it.  Keep in mind that people learn more from their mistakes than their accomplishments and that kids need more time than you do. 

You also need to try to keep reality out of the way.  If your kid wants to paint a picture with the sun blue, why shouldn’t he?  If the banana is a dark green, that’s okay as well.  Part of being creative is trying new things and experimenting and since kids are new to almost everything, let them try.  They’ll have lots of time to live in the real world when they’re older.

Some parents might find it hard to not critique their kid’s work as well.  If your kid hands you a pile of craft sticks completely covered in glue with pencil crayon markings all over it and he tells you it’s a car, then it’s a car!

If you don’t have a specific craft area set up, there is always the versatile dining room table.  Just make sure you’ve got a good cover on it just in case of any spills.  Make sure you have all the items you need with you and it’s always a good idea to keep a damp wash cloth and dry towel handy just in case.  You never know when you’ll need to clean up a mess, the table or the kid. 

When it comes to picking a craft to make, take a look at what you have on hand and then do a quick search online to see what crafts you can make.  Pick the simple ones to start and don’t worry about it looking like the photograph or illustration of the finished item.  The point of making a craft with your kid is not to create something that will be displayed at the local art gallery. 

So the next time your kid tells you that they’re bored, gather up some supplies, break out the glue and scissors and go online (or better yet, visit us) and find an easy craft to do.

You’ll spend some real quality time with them and they’ll be creating some happy memories of spending time and having fun with you.  And you never know, that craft stick car might just be good enough to be in your local art gallery.



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