Craft ideas for the non-crafty parent

We know that creativity is an essential part of play and growth for little ones, but for many parents, craft isn’t something that comes naturally. There’s no surge of glitter hormones and no sudden desire to scrapbook the minute the baby arrives!

So, how do you give kids that little slice of self-expression and creative exploration, if you aren’t a crafty PARENT? 

Craft ideas for the non-crafty parent

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 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.

3 simple craft projects

Life-sized portraits

What you need: One large roll of paper (big enough to lie on), felt tip pens, any decorations you can find.

Instructions:

  1. Roll out the paper.
  2. Take turns to lie on the paper whilst the other traces around your outline.
  3. Then stand up and decorate the life-size drawing. You can colour in clothes and features, stick on string hair, and add pasta jewellery.

Nature collage

What you need: Coloured pieces of card, glue stick, coloured pencils.

Instructions:

  1. Take the card and glue sticks into the garden (or to the local park).
  2. Gather sticks, leaves, and stick in a pattern to the card.
  3. You can use coloured pencils to draw around the leaves, add patterns, or turn them into a picture.

Tissue paper stained glass windows

What you need: Clear contact, different coloured tissue paper, torn into small shapes.

Instructions:

  1. Take a square of contact, remove the backing, place on a table sticky side up.
  2. Stick the tissue paper onto the contact in different patterns, leaving a small space around the edge of the contact.
  3. When happy with the design, stick the contact onto the window for the light to shine through the tissue paper.

For more craft ideas, head over to our Downloadables section for stacks of colouring, easy activity sheets and more.