Let’s get this out of the way: I’m not a crafty person. In fact, I consider myself quite bland when it comes to my creative side. I like unique and creative ideas, but my skills in creativity with art and hands-on activities are very lacking.
But let’s be honest, getting crafty with the kids is something that is great for their own expression, their tactile development, and simply bonding with them. Even if you also consider yourself as uncreative as me, you can do these few things to bond with your children and have fun doing it, too.
There’s no reason to spend a lot on art supplies or specific, high-dollar tools and paint when you can use a lot that you have around the house already. You’d be surprised at what all you can get out of your assortment of things at home, such as packaging supplies: scissors, packaging tape, cardboard boxes, and bubble wrap are all things that you could use to get crafty with your kids.
Limit the time.
I think we all seem to think that craft time requires a lot of time to think, do, refine, and clean up. You should really only spend time setting up, getting at it, and cleaning up. Art is messy and art is fun because it’s messy. Don’t overthink whatever it is you’re doing, as you may be less interested in doing it again for your children in the future. Spend no more than 30 minutes doing something with your kids.
Prepare a mess-free area.
You don’t want paint, glue, and paper scraps everywhere on your nice hardwood table, do you? Buying some sort of cheap plastic tablecover will protect your furniture (and even floor). This also saves you a lot of time during the cleanup process.
Don’t stress about the mess. Don’t worry so much about the time or thinking about the next project. The whole point should be to have fun with your kids and encourage them to have fun. Bonding and laughing and being creative together is very beneficial to your children. If they see that you’re not having a good time, they’ll be far less likely to enjoy it themselves.
No matter how much you lack creativity, it’s easy to set aside time to just do something new and hands-on with your kids. You’ll love it. They’ll love it.
See? Craft time with the kids isn’t as hard as you thought. Bust out the packaging supplies you cast aside long ago. Grab some cheap paint and plastic table covers. Get to crafting.