5 Reasons To Do Crafts With Your Kids



(Note: I received one Fun Box for free in exchange for the review in this post.  All opinions are my own.)


Can I tell you something?  I am not a crafty mom.

I realized this a couple years ago, when Wyatt came home from church one week requesting that we do a craft.  He had been doing crafts in class, and to his little mind it made perfect sense to bring the fun home.  I assured him we could do a craft, but as I wracked my brain for an idea of something we could do together, I realized that I had nothing.  

Two years later, I still have a difficult time thinking of crafts to do, and even when I search through Pinterest and finally land on one that seems within my capabilities, we never seem to have everything we need on hand.  However, I am determined to improve for many reasons.



1. Crafts promote creativity. 

We all want our kids to have a chance to develop their creativity, right?  Crafts are a good way to do that.  I have learned a lot about my kids through crafts and I am constantly amazed at what they come up with!

2. Crafts are great for the winter blues.  

Our winters are long and cold around here, and it’s easy to get cabin fever - but you would have to do some fancy footwork to convince me to bundle up three preschoolers and a baby for a foray out into the snow.  Crafts give us all something to do on those days when we are stuck inside.

3. It helps us not default to the TV.  

As a SAHM, it is far too easy for me to turn on the TV in the morning, and leave it on all day.  This is not a good habit to develop (for me or my kids), and having a craft in my plan for the day is a good cue to turn off the TV and spend some time doing something productive together.

4. Crafts are a great educational tool.  

You can incorporate so many lessons into craft time, from color theory, to letters and numbers, to nature and zoology.  It just takes a little planning and creative thinking on my part (back to promoting creativity again - not just for the kids)!

5.  Crafts are an opportunity to form happy memories.  

My biggest reason for wanting to do more crafts with my kids - they love it so much!  Spending time doing a project together is something they will remember as they grow, and I love the thought of forming those memories together.



So how do I overcome my status as a craft-challenged mom?  I’ve tried many things to make doing crafts easier on me, but my favorite so far is finding prepared craft kits.  We recently had the opportunity to try a Fun Box from this Easy shop, and it is such a great resource!  Each Fun Box comes with an assortment of craft supplies and instructions for different crafts to do with your child.


5 Reasons To Do Crafts With Your Kids | Through Clouded Glass

5 Reasons To Do Crafts With Your Kids | Through Clouded Glass


The Fun Box also includes a bright pink bow and tissue paper and balloons to put inside the box for an extra touch of fun for little ones!  Be sure to open the box and prepare the tissue paper and balloons before letting your kids dig into it (I missed the memo on this the first time).


5 Reasons To Do Crafts With Your Kids | Through Clouded Glass

5 Reasons To Do Crafts With Your Kids | Through Clouded Glass



We ended up getting the Christmas Fun Box, and I thought the little Christmas-themed crafts were so cute!  All or most of the supplies for each craft are included, so all you have to do is open up the package, find the instructions and get started.  Our Fun Box also included a Christmas book, which was a fun surprise!  


5 Reasons To Do Crafts With Your Kids | Through Clouded Glass

5 Reasons To Do Crafts With Your Kids | Through Clouded Glass


At first I wasn’t sure if the Fun Box would be worth the price point, but between the book and all the craft supplies, I’m not sure I could have bought everything we needed for cheaper.  We had seven crafts from this one box!  Almost everything we needed was included for each craft, and the few things that weren't included were things I had on hand.  I felt the instructions could have been a little clearer and matched the materials that were included better (we had to improvise a bit), but that was the only thing that could have used improvement.


5 Reasons To Do Crafts With Your Kids | Through Clouded Glass


The kids had so much fun making the crafts, and I always have fun helping them.  We still have a few crafts left to do since I am trying to spread them out.  I am looking forward to doing the rest!  

Are you a non-crafty mom, or does craft-planning come easily for you?  What are some of your favorite resources for kids’ crafts?



5 Reasons To Do Crafts With Your Kids | Through Clouded Glass

5 Reasons To Do Crafts With Your Kids | Through Clouded Glass


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Hannah M said...

The older Emerson gets the more fun it is to do crafts with him. Anytime we do a craft, he loves it. Though sometimes I ask him if he wants to do one and he says no and runs around playing. Which is good too. I try to do two a week, something a little differ and a way to mix things up for us, but the past few weeks I've been slacking in the craft department. I need to get back in gear and work on weekly crafts/projects again. This box seems like such a fun idea! I'm not the most crafty person ever, I usually have an idea and then look for a craft kind of like that online and then I'll copy it as best as I can :) I admire you for doing crafts with four little ones!! You are a good mama!

Elizabeth said...

I understand "craft-challenged" in that it can take skill to teach kids art even when you love art yourself. I'm always torn between avoiding a huge mess and yet not wanting to stick to sterile/controlled crafts. My mom is an early childhood major and didn't like us to have coloring books or do the cookie-cutter crafts at school. In general my rule is that the child has to be able to do the craft 80-90% on his own. This means that the result (at a young age at least) likely won't be very pretty! Also, my son hates drawing (so far), but likes play-dough. At one point I got scared he had sensory issues, and that made me want to be more pro-active about craft-play, even if it is just ripping up pieces of paper. I have the "Busy Book" series (The Toddler's Busy Book) and it has some nice quick simple ideas.

Callie Nicole said...

You are my inspiration, Hannah! I was so impressed to read that you try for a couple crafts a week with your kids. That is my goal!

Callie Nicole said...

I totally relate to not wanting to make a huge mess - but the messy crafts are the ones kids think are the funnest, haha! I have a hard time with the balance too. I like your 80-90% by themselves rule of thumb!

Hannah M said...

Oh wow! I'm flattered! We definitely love doing crafts and it does make me feel like I'm actually doing something with the little people. And it's always so fun to see their creations! We made snowmen a few weeks ago and theirs were so cute - noses upside down, smiles turned sideways ... but they were wonderful and I love seeing the little snowmen Emerson made decorating our house.

Callie Nicole said...

Oh gosh, how cute!

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