Crafting with Kids

Kids love to make stuff.

Provide some materials, heck let them find their own materials, and all sorts of creations will appear. The creative process is a personal one so I try to leave what they create and how up to them. We have basic craft supplies on hand with occasional special material (for as long as they last). Simple materials have the potential to become anything. Take paper for an example:  sketch or paint on it;  fold a sheet of paper into a plane, a sun catcher, origami figures; cut them into snowflakes, paper doll chains; coat strips into paper mache. Sculp with clay, scented play dough or why not fondant for a change of pace?!  Whittle away at a piece of wood or nail them together. There are tons of materials I didn’t even mention too!

Kids crafts are simple so that they are within their abilities while providing a chance at mastery, an opportunity to be in control and have fun. No wonder art is often used in therapy! Join them creating something yourself. Model the attention to detail and dedication to your own project. A mess is practically unavoidable, but it’s a good sign folks are doing things! Honor their efforts even if the results aren’t quite a “masterpiece” (or even recognizable). Ask questions about what they made and why they choose to do what they did. Finally, put their (and your) work on display for others to see and be inspired by.

Here are some recent creations:

In the meantime…

It’s a busy time of year, between wrapping up fall projects, homeschooling, and you know, just living life, there doesn’t seem to a lot of time for my many craft projects. Often, I end up just going to bed. What I’m saying is: I’ve only knit a few more inches of Molly’s poncho, and I haven’t worked at all on anything else!

Sometimes, that’s just the way it is. In the meantime, here is a clay creature Noah made. I wish I had some photos of his Lego animals he creates. Birds, dogs, cats, pigs…they’re quite cool. Maybe, if I ask nicely, he’ll make some for me to show you.

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