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13 Responses to How To Do Crafts with Kids

  1. Dionna  

    These are amazing tips Gaby, I especially love the one about altering expectations and biting your tongue. That is something Tom and I have been working on a lot – not just with art, but with *everything* – we have to stop and remind ourselves that even though our 3.5yo seems so grown-up, he’s still so little, and he’s entitled to experience the world in his own way and make his own “mistakes.” Thank you for sharing!

  2. Lauren  

    “If you expect the glue to go on the paper and the glitter to go on the glue, you’re going to end up quite disillusioned when the glue ends up on the arms and the glitter ends up in the shoes.”

    Ha ha ha ha ha! It’s so so true. I continually have to let go of my expectations (and, boy, sometimes it’s hard!). Thank you for this lesson, and for letting us “borrow” your post. 🙂

  3. CatholicMommy

    Great advice! My son is just getting old enough to start crafting, so I’m glad I found this now instead of in a couple years when I would have had to learn it all by trial and error. 🙂

  4. Rimpy

    My son is more into tricks than productive work . He is 6 years old and after reading this article I’m sure I’ll b able to bring him on the track

  5. Hannah

    I love these tips and concur with them all. We haven’t done any crafts for ages but you’ve truly reinspired me. One we did do was painting the house using water, easy, fun and no clear up. I love your boxes idea and want to do that ASAP. Thanks! H

  6. Jill

    Great ideas! I especially love focusing on the process, not the product. When I’ve done craft classes with my daughter I felt like the parents were doing more of the project than the kids so that it looked “right”. I let my daughter explore on her own, then she likes it more.

  7. Charise@I Thought I Knew Mama  

    This is such helpful advice! I am not artistic – nor do I enjoy creating art – but that just makes me appreciate it more, and I want Baby to explore art as much as possible. This makes me feel more capable of getting him going with it.

  8. Mrs Green @ littlegreenblog.com  

    some fantastic advice – in particular to get rid of expectations and to focus on the process not the product – thanks so much for sharing your wisdom!

  9. Amy  

    Those are awesome tips! I can totally relate to the tip to “think big” . . . I actually did the contact paper and tissue paper craft at Christmastime, with little trees, etc. It was so frustrating because all Abbey wanted to do (at just 2 at that point) was throw tissue paper around. *sigh* Thanks for the tips!

  10. Cindi

    Thank you for these tips. I think I get more caught up in the project and not the process. This was a great reminder to focus more on the process of it and to let go of my expectations.

    Thanks for this blog!

  11. Gaby@Tmuffin  

    Thanks for all the comments! It’s so interesting to read all the posts from this carnival, because they are all great reminders about how to bring out creativity in children.

    And as much as I’m into the process when it comes to art, when it comes to baking, it’s a whole different story… I have to remember it’s all about the process then, too, and my muffins may not be perfect because a scoop or two of flour might be missing!

  12. Sylvia@MaMammalia

    Watercolor paints! What a great idea! Your other suggestions are also very helpful. I’ve tried to provide the opportunity for mess making, but I’d forgotten about the gross motor skills aspect. Thanks for the great tips!

  13. Mrs. Smitty

    Do you by any chance have a homemade recipe for chalk paint?

    I’ve been pretty go with the flow with our toddler, but every once in awhile I set my expectations higher than the bare minimum (my minimum expectation is that toddler finds the project amusing and I see that she’s developing skills while having fun) and I’m sorely disappointed. Thanks for the reminder that projects feel the best when you’re most excited about toddler’s happy face.