The first step is to keep things simple and seriously lower your expectations, accepting that whatever you create will never look quite how you imagined. And that is totally fine. This is one situation where it is really all about the journey and not about the destination. The time you spend together creating something new is all that matters.
If you like to have a reasonably organised house then you might dislike craft activities simply because of the mess they make. This can be solved by creating a ‘messy corner’ of the house. Cover an old kids’ table with a vinyl tablecloth (cover the floor too, if you like), and this becomes where all painting, gluing and creating happens. Grab some old shoe boxes and create some ‘bits-and-bobs’ drawers filled with pens, pencils, paper, bits of ribbon and stickers. All the mess is then contained to that one area of the house.
If the thought of Pinterest makes you go cold, there is absolutely nothing wrong with heading down to the nearest craft shop and grabbing a few ready-made craft kits. They provide everything you need without you having to plan or design anything in your head.
What you need: One large roll of paper (big enough to lie on), felt tip pens, any decorations you can find.
What you need: Coloured pieces of card, glue stick, coloured pencils.
What you need: Clear contact, different coloured tissue paper, torn into small shapes.
For most non-crafty parents, Book Week will likely be a dark cloud looming on the school calendar. Here are a few great ideas for costumes that require zero craft skills.
Crowns and royalty can be applied to many books and most themes. Simply cut a crown shape from cardboard, staple together at the back and then cover in aluminium foil. Feeling clever? Decorate with stickers that look like gems.
The ‘go-to’ basic kids costume, a pirate can be easily rustled up using a stripy t-shirt, bandana on the head, an eye patch. If you are really stuck, the dollar store always has pirate accessories such as a hat or a telescope.
A cape, some giant undies over a pair of long pants. Done.
Red and white striped t-shirt. Old black-rimmed glasses and a red and white bobble hat.
A black robe, a wand. Doesn’t get much easier than that!
Old clothes and a giant golden ticket made from cardboard.
Khaki clothes, and an old wide-brimmed hat will do here. If you want to go all out and really nail the cliché, attach some corks to the hat with string.
Animal costumes are some of the easiest to make because animals often have pronounced and noticeable features that are easy to recreate. Bug eyes? Must be a frog.
Pointy ears and whiskers? Must be a fox. Green woolly jumper and little black ears? Must be the Green Sheep!
*Remember that Book Week is all about making literacy fun and visual. It is not a parent craft competition! Help your child choose a book and a character, provide them with the means to make the costume, support them, and take a photo at the end. They will get a lot more out of it if they do it themselves!