Craft time with kids can be fun and easy! With a bit of preparation and the choice of simple yet fun crafts, you can enjoy a special connection with your kids while you create.
To help you overcome the "I want to do crafts but can't think of anything to make!" thought process, I compiled a FREE printable list of 50+ Easy Crafts Kids Will Love. Grab your instant download at the end of this post.
March 14 is Children's Crafts Day. What a great time to make a craft or two with your kids! Or just enjoy creative time with your kids any day 🙂
I know that life gets busy. Completion of homeschool work and chores. Activities and errands.
How does a fun homeschool mom (that's you!) fit craft time into your day?
With some simple preparation and consideration of your family's schedule!
Reasons Why Craft Time Is Important
Crafts provide your family with a wonderful opportunity to connect.
While you are planning and working on a craft, chatter can arise. As hands are kept busy, your kids and you may feel more comfortable chatting about a specific topic or nothing in particular.
Depending on the craft of choice, fine motor skills are typically practiced. Many crafts present a bit of a challenge to finger dexterity and more.
Creative juices begin to flow as your child works out self-expression through the manipulation of arts and crafts materials.
Your child may also benefit from building skills in following directions and taking turns (for example, if there is only one pair of scissors).
How to Make Time for Crafts & Hands-On Activities
Are you still wondering how you can make time for crafts in your homeschool and family life? Is this just another task to add to your to-do list and build up your mommy guilt?
Oh, I truly hope not! I do not want you to feel compelled to include craft time into your everyday schedule if it would be stressful.
Lean in. I have a secret for you about craft time.
>>> You don't have to do crafts every day to reap the benefits. Also, your crafts do not need to be super complicated, Pinterest-worthy displays of creative genius.
Your craft time can be just what you make of it. (Just like your homeschool!)
You have the power to design a craft time based on the wants and needs of your family.
Crafts for your homeschool can be composed of simple two-step creations. Or complex designs that take days or weeks to complete.
The joy and beauty of craft time for your family is: YOU select based on what is best for you and your kids.
Let's say you have a super busy week. Like, you aren't even sure what you are going to be able to come to the surface for a quick breath of air. You may think, "I have absolutely no time to even consider crafts for my kids this week."
I invite you to pause and rethink. Why? Well, easy crafts might just actually be your saving grace. Easy crafts might be your way to grab those few puffs of air (and maybe even a moment or two to yourself!).
What types of magical crafts am I referring to that can help you actually gain time for yourself?
The quick and easy crafts that do not take much prep work, materials, or money.
Boom! And you are welcome:)
Free Printable List of 50+ Easy Crafts Kids Will Love
My dear sweet homeschool mama, you can incorporate these simple crafts into your day. With the right materials (many of which are recycled bits from about your home) in a craft supply box, craft time can happen quickly and smoothly.
As mentioned, I suggest creating a craft supply drawer, closet, or box to house your materials. This single step of prep work can save you tons of time. Place these suggested materials (and any others that you believe would be great for easy crafts) in your craft supply area.
Suggested materials (that are also the basis for the crafts on this printable list) include:
- Paper lunch bags
- Paper plates
- Cardboard rolls (toilet paper, paper towel, gift wrap)
- Paper (different colors and sizes)
- Paint (washable to help with mess!)
- Popsicle sticks (also known as wooden craft sticks)
- Pipe cleaners
- Yarn or string
- Pony beads
DelightBox Mini Kraft Paper Bags 100 per PackDuro Heavy Duty Kraft Brown Paper Barrel Sack Bag, 57 Lbs Basis Weight, 12 x 7 x 17, 100 Ct/Pack100 | 50 | 25 Count - Size (8Chenille Kraft Natural Wood Craft Sticks, Jumbo Size, 6 x ¾, Wood, Natural Wood, 500/Box (3776-01)4.5Pacon 9Acerich 600 Pcs Pipe Cleaners 30 Colors Chenille Stems for Valentine Day DIY Art Craft Decorations (6 mm x 12 Inch)Anvin Pipe Cleaners 100 Pcs 10 Colors Chenille Stems for DIY Crafts Decorations Creative School Projects (6 mm x 12 Inch, Assorted Bright Colors)30 Pack Craft Rolls - Round Cardboard Tubes - Cardboard Tubes for Crafts - Craft Tubes - Paper Tube for Crafts - 1.57 x 3.9 Inches - Brown
RED HEART E300.4970 Super Saver Yarn, 5 Ounces, Bright StripePacon PAC52600 Trait-tex Art Yarn, 10 Strands, 50', Bright ColorsPony Beads Multi Color 9mm 1000 Pcs in BagPony Beads, 1,900 pcs 9mm Pony Beads Set in 24 Colors with Elastic String for Bracelet Jewelry Making by INSCRAFTCrayola Twistables Crayons Coloring Set, Mini Art Tools for Kids, 24 CountCrayola Ultra Clean Washable Crayons, Built in Sharpener, 64 CountCrayola Ultra Clean Washable Broad Line Markers, 40 Classic Colors, Gift For KidsCrayola Super Tips Markers, Washable Markers, 10Count, AssortedCrayola Colored Pencils Set, School Supplies, Presharpened, 36 CountThe Pencil Grip Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint Combo Pack, Set of 24Pencil Grip Kwikstix Thin Stix Solid Tempera Paint, Super Quick Drying, 12 Classic Colors (TPG-608) PaintThe Pencil Grip Kwik Stix METALIX Solid Tempera Paint, Super Quick Drying, 6 Pack (TPG-613),Gold,Silver,Pink,Green,Blue,PurpleElmer's Disappearing Purple School Glue, Washable, 30 Pack, 0.24-ounce sticksFiskars 5 Inch Softgrip Blunt-tip Kids Scissors, Color Received May Vary
As much as I love craft time, my mind goes blank at times. I stare at our craft supply shelves and have no clue what to make with my boys.
You can find all of these activities on my Fun, Fast, & Frugal Pinterest board.
I hope that you have many wonderful craft times with your family. Now, go forth and craft!
What common materials would you add to this Fun, Fast, & Frugal Crafts list?