Some people love doing fun painting and glue crafts with their kids. Well, that has never been me. For the first couple years of my daughter’s life, I was always so worried about the mess she would make in the house, of the art, and the mess on herself!
Crafting was always the most stressful thing for me to do! Then one day a couple months ago, everything changed and crafting became so exciting and fun! For all of you Type A, perfections, red, personalities out there, believe it or not, you can craft with your kids without losing your mind! You need to read below to get started!
- Kids Scissors
- Elmers Glue & Glue Stick
- Paint, markers, crayons, colored pencils (but seriously don’t most kids have this stuff already)
- A kitchen! A lot of our crafting supplies come from our kitchen. These items can range from backing sheets, cookie cutters, to all-purpose flour!
Creativity & Crap
There are a million crafts, projects, and activities that you can do and most of the Pinterest sites make their kids look like freakin Picasso. Those crafts are crap and set an unrealistic standard. It’s about you and your children connecting and having fun creating something new!
We get creative and have some seriously complicated crafts, but they don’t always turn out right or sometimes they just look like turds, seriously. We have made a couple clay projects that looked like different types of poop. But that’s OK! Cause why? My daughter had a blast creating with me and using her ideas to make something. Sure she wasn’t trying to make turds, she was creating a picnic scene, or a bowl. But think about how much your kid will learn from one craft!
For the perfectionist – Be Mentally Prepared
Watching kid’s color outside of the lines, glue things crooked, and paint using all the colors making a brown sloppy mess. Worrying that some paint will get on the carpet, that she has paint in her hair, and on the dog. These things drive me crazy! I struggled for a long time to be able to do crafts with my daughter. Then one day it hit me that I had to know that there would be a mess and be OK with it.
Seriously, you need to give up caring. Just stop and KNOW that there will be a mess. Then you figure out how to prevent the mess from getting too out of control.
If you are worried about the carpet, don’t be near the carpet. If you are worrying about paint in your kid’s hair, let them paint on bath day. I gave up caring how her craft turns out, as long as she has fun and my house isn’t ruined. I now understand that it will just be a mess.
But the best thing I to help my crazy perfectionist side was . . . I started making my own version of the craft! I learned that I can make my own and perfect mine! This led to my daughter trying harder at her craft because she watched me make mine and wanted her’s to look as nice and taught her how to concentrate and take my time at creating something.
Picking a craft
Start with what your kid seems interested in! My daughter recently discovered a really cool and quite large rock in our backyard. She wanted to paint it to be like her pet. So guess what we did this past weekend? We painted rocks and she loved it! She was so glad to be doing something with me that involved art. And after we painted rocks, I poured myself a cold beer and she used the paint that was leftover on her paint tray to paint some paper. I got some “me” time and she had some time to create something by herself!
There are times when we spend lots of time doing scissor projects, because for that month she is hardcore into scissors. See what your kid is currently interested in and go from there.
Get ready, Get set, GO!!
You are ready to get paint all over, tape stuck in your hair (yep that happened), and glue on your clothes. But I promise you, it will be worth it!