I was reading Alissa's blog Creative with kids the other day and came across her post 10 ways to guarantee you will hate doing kids crafts... and I laughed and laughed. I have made every single mistake on her list but I am a repeat offender on number 6 "don't plan anything for the baby". I am constantly under-prepared for Boo (15 months), always assuming she can just noodle around on the floor playing with her toys while Cakey (3) is gluing, painting, drawing etc. Not surprisingly, Boo is not on board with this plan so I spend the whole time trying to stop Boo from grabbing the scissors, ripping apart whatever Cakey has created, eating glue or paint or playdough or paper or pipe-cleaners or googly eyes etc. End result: Cakey is unhappy, Boo is unhappy, I am unhappy.
So my strategy is to wait to do craft when Boo is asleep. This has the major disadvantage of sacrificing Cakey's rest time to do craft, so I never get my peace and quiet either. End result: Cakey is very happy, Boo is asleep, I am very unhappy.
Alissa's post has spurred me on to get a better strategy, so first off, I have created a Boo craft kit with the following:
- Scissors that she can't easily stab herself with
- Old textas that have long dried up so she can pull the lids off and on
- An empty glue stick with lid (she loves those lids)
- Some chunky chalk to draw with on dark paper
- I did have crayons in the kit but she kept eating them
- When we are painting, I have tried putting Boo in her highchair and giving her paint and paper. So far, this hasn't been hugely successful. She hates being confined and makes a massive mess in a very short amount of time.
- Doing a few more crafts where Boo can get involved. We recently went back to the good old paddle pop sticks in playdough activity. Boo really liked this and didn't try to attack Cakey's creation. I added some poms poms into the mix and Cakey spent most of her time trying to make single sided tape into double sided tape donuts so she was satisfied too.
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