Editor’s note: This guest post was written by Maggy Woodley, known as redtedart on Babyhuddle. Maggy is a mum of two and a well established member of the UK Parenting Blogging Community. Her key focus is Red Ted Art – a craft blog to inspire all the family and she is a “go to” destination for all questions relating to crafts – with a book due out in March 2013. She is also author of the more classic mummy blog Life At The Zoo. She co-authors a number of other blogs and regularly contributes to a number of other parenting sites on a variety of topics.
It is wonderful to be here today and guest posting about Kids Crafts – a subject very dear to my heart. Crafts is my PASSION… and if you are not a fan of crafting with kids already, I am here today to persuade you otherwise! Crafting with children brings an entirely new dimension to crafting – it makes it easier (kids have far less expectations) and more fun (kids have such great ideas). So if you are someone who “doesn’t craft”… here are some reasons why you “should craft WITH your kids”.
These are some of the reasons why I love crafting with my kids:
1) It makes them happy (pretty good reason in my eyes)
2) They surprise me with their ideas and imagination (and actually developing their creativity whilst at it)
3) They learn all sorts of things whilst crafting – from fine motor skills, to problem solving, planning…
4) Crafting is a great confidence builder and a wonderful way to bring other things they are learning about to life
5) It is great “together” time – we often craft together and sometimes “One on One”
6) It keeps us busy
7) Most of our crafts are inexpensive – makes for good frugal family fun
The main reasons I hear from parents about why they do not craft more, is that either they
1) Just don’t know how (aka “I can’t draw/ paint/ craft, so how can I with my kids”) or
2) I am really sorry, but I hate the mess.
If you fall into either or both categories, here are my thoughts:
Re I can’t: You can! You can, because your kids are young and your kids don’t care whether your craft really looks like a dog or a giraffe. You made something with them, they usually love it regardless. And you can learn and develop your skills as you go along with your kids. The Golden Gleam and Red Ted Art (check out over 101 easy and fun kids crafts) are GREAT resources for you to browse and get ideas from. But manage your own expectations- your crafts will not look like our crafts –we are all different. Often when we revisit a craft and make it again, it also looks different!
Re you don’t like mess: I hear you! Mess can be difficult to cope with (and yes,I have been known to screech at my paint cover child “DO NOT MOVE!!!!!”)-but there are plenty of crafts out there that do not involve mess! For example, now with Fall on the way, why not make some Acorn Animals? Or an Autumn Mobile? Or you can teach them VERY basic sewing skills, by making these easy Lavender Bags. There are lots of ideas that do not involve paint or glue (if those are your pet hates). Have a browse and see what appeals to you and your circumstances!
I could list tons of different craft ideas for you – but please, do leave a comment with your main reason for “not crafting” and hopefully I can come back to you with answers and examples for you to do that will address any concerns!
Remember, you are crafting WITH your children, so no matter the age, you CAN get crafty, even if they end up doing a lot of playing with bits and piece or just the finish product, they will still have enjoyed spending time with you and being part of having created something.