Finding Time To Do Craft With Your Kids
Finding craft time can be tricky! Modern life is often so busy that it can be difficult to find time to simply sit down. Let alone grab some supplies, and work on craft projects with your kids. But, it’s important bonding that is excellent for their development. So, here are some practical ways for finding craft time in your schedule.
Set A Weekly Date
One of the best ways of finding craft time with your child is to set up a regular date. This could be once or twice a week, or any frequency that fits both of your schedules – don’t forget that kids have busy school, sports, and social lives, too!
Sit down with both calendars to work out where to put your standing appointment. This also serves as an opportunity to teach kids about timekeeping, and the importance of sticking with commitments.
In fact, that’s also an important lesson for grown-ups. Once you book a regular crafting date with your child, don’t view it as flexible. Take it as seriously as any other appointment. This assures your child that they are very important to you, and that you value time spent completing projects together.
Or Make It Official
If you’re not able to set a regular appointment, or if you wish to add in extra time for crafts with your child, add it to the diary when you can. Put it on the family calendar for all to see!
Remind your child that you’re really looking forward to spending time together, and when you have a spare five minutes, talk with them about the projects they might like to complete, or research some new ideas together. Encourage them to think of their own ideas, and jot them down in preparation for your craft date.
Take Advantage Of The Impromptu
When you’re blessed with unexpected free time – as rare as that may be! – consider spending some of it on crafting with your child. This is particularly useful if you’re working on a long-term project together. For example, if you’re creating a scrapbook with pictures, ticket stubs, and other items from a recent holiday, even half an hour of time helps to arrange a page, glue things down, and add decoration. Or, if you’re knitting a scarf together, fifteen minutes spent on the project brings you closer to the final stitch, and ultimately, wearing a new creation with pride!
Create a ‘5-Minute Craft’ Jar
A fun project that sets you and your child up for further crafting adventures is to create a jar full of small tasks that can be completed in a short amount of time. Finding craft time doesn’t have to be exactly five minutes, but when you’re a busy parent, that might be the only time spare!
Go online to discover a plethora of quick crafting prompts. There are lots of parents, grandparents, teachers, and other grown-ups with amazing ideas that they’re willing to share.
You and your child can pick out your favourites, jot them down on to pieces of coloured paper, fold them up, and pop them in a clean jar. Then, when you have a spare moment, ask your kid to grab the jar! Have some basic craft supplies to hand, such as paper, glue, pens, pencils, crayons, and stickers, so that you don’t have to waste any time scrambling to find things. It’s a great way to work on your crafting skills together, and to spend some extra time bonding.
Save The Prep For Someone Else
When our time is so stretched, it can be difficult to find availability to walk around the shops and find craft supplies, research unique ideas or get everything together. Have a box that is easily accessible which has all the basics, like paper, pens, scissors etc.
An excellent alternative to this is to have craft packs delivered to your door! That’s why we make our monthly craft packs. They contain everything you need, without the hassle to create at least four distinct craft projects – one for each week. That way, finding craft time is a lot simpler.
If you have more than one child, or want to involve other family members, make your crafting sessions into a party! You can even turn planning the event into a series of craft projects; invitations, decorations, food, and favours can all be fun activities for you and your child to complete. It also gives them the opportunity to learn how to plan a party, and feel a sense of achievement in pulling it off.
Spend some time with your child researching craft activities to do at the party. Some can even be turned into games! Create instruction sheets, print them off, and add bespoke decorative touches.
The party itself not only gives your family the chance to brush up on their creative skills, but to catch up, bond, and share some laughs. It’s also fun to put together a guestbook that your attendees can sign and customise. This provides you and your child with a memento to mark a job well done!
Doing this also means you’ve bonded with everyone, killing multiple birds with one stone and having a great time whilst you do it.
Parents are the masters of multi-tasking! You might find that there are projects you can coordinate with your child while you’re completing other tasks at home. For example, if you’re making dinner, you can involve your child in the cooking process. With your supervision, have them measure or prepare ingredients. This not only teaches them useful cooking skills, but it makes them feel included and appreciated.
Keeping the same example, you can also ask your kid to produce a dinner menu, some decorations for the dining room, or a centrepiece for the table. Help them to take inspiration from the cuisine you’re serving; for example, if you’re making an Italian dish, ask them what they think an Italian menu should look like, and how a restaurant might be decorated. From there, they can create a unique dining experience for the whole family!
Again, this tactic might not be too popular initially, but one of the easiest ways to create more time for crafts – in theory! – is to wake up a little earlier on the weekend. We’re not talking about daybreak here, but setting the alarm even half an hour earlier allows you and your child to work on projects together. Don’t be tempted to use the time on admin tasks you have to catch up on; as above, assign the time to craft with your kid and treat it just as you would any other appointment.
Add To Homework Time
As much as they might not enjoy it, most kids have homework to complete after school. Once they’re finished and you’ve checked their work, why not spend some time doing crafts together? Not only does it present a chance for you and your child to bond over a shared project, but it incentivises them to complete their homework!
Your kid might even have art homework, or a creative assignment from another class, that you can help with. These projects may also inspire future projects that you complete together in your free time. Take inspiration from the work they already; this has the added benefit of contributing to the skills they need for school.
Holiday Craft Time
Holidays are the perfect time to work on craft projects with your child. You’ll probably have a break from work, and depending on how much preparation you have to do, might already be in a relaxed mood!
Take Christmas, for example. In the run up to the season, you and your child can work on projects such as creating decorations, customising baubles, crafting garlands, and designing your own Christmas cards. You can even work on homemade presents together, which friends and family will absolutely adore.
As the big day draws closer, involve your child in wrapping the presents you’ve made, and getting the house ready for celebrations. A project that kids really enjoy is creating the centrepiece for the table; use pine cones, spruce trimmings, ribbons, glitter, and even fairy lights for decoration. Then, show it off to all your festive visitors!