As a stay-at-home mom, my sanity depends on finding creative ways to occupy my daughter during the day. I try to find engaging activities that help her learn and grow. Otherwise, she is bored and I go crazy. One of our favorite things to do is arts and crafts projects. Crafting with your children is great for so many reasons.
My favorite reason to craft with my daughter is the opportunity it gives us to interact with one another. As a stay-at-home mom, you spend all day, every day with your kids, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re engaging in quality time. If you sit down with your child and do an arts and crafts project, you’re creating an environment for conversation and fun memories.
For young children, crafting is a great tool for teaching fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, following directions and being creative. Developing minds need a creative outlet and crafting provides them with the opportunity to use their imagination.
Ready to do a project with your child? Great! Here are some tips for a good experience:
- Before getting started, do your best to insure your time will be uninterrupted, so you won’t be distracted or get frustrated trying to multi-task.
- Set aside 10 – 60 minutes a day to sit with your child and craft. If your schedule is tight, don’t stress. Even just 10 minutes a day of uninterrupted quality time can benefit your child’s development.
- Don’t be a perfectionist. Just let your child be creative and try not to micromanage their work.
- Instead of saying generic phrases like ‘good job’ or ‘great work’, try picking out specifics about what’s unique about their work to add value to your comments. Kids hear ‘good job’ ten thousand times a day; it begins to mean nothing. It will mean more if you say detailed phrases like, ‘I really like the colors you chose there.’ or ‘I can see you’re handling the scissors so safely.’ or ‘That was a really creative way to draw a house.’
- Anticipate messes. Have baby wipes and paper towels within reach. Lay down newspaper or a dollar store table cloth before getting started. If it’s a nice day outside, head outdoors to do your project where you don’t have to worry too much about splattering paint or toddlers gone rogue with markers.
When you’re finished your project, display it with pride. If you share it on Instagram or Facebook, use the hashtag #KindnessInDemandCrafts and your project may be chosen to be featured on our site!