How do I do crafting with a 3 year old?

By | August 28, 2012

I want to do wholesome arts and crafts with C, I really do.  But I have this weird compulsion for everything to be neat, or symmetrical, or the right way up, and this just doesn’t happen when crafting with a three-year old.

Crafting makes me want to scream, or cry.  How do I get past this?  What do I buy to ease myself into crafting gently?  Do I go for the craft kits which actually make something or am I better off just letting C loose with some card, sequins and glue?

pulling hair out

I’d love some ideas.  Where do I buy good craft things?  Should I get a special ‘craft box’?  How do I stop myself getting all twitchy eyed when C throws sequins everywhere?

Any links to craft websites or easy craft ideas would be much appreciated.



Domestic Goddesque on August 28, 2012 at 7:35 pm.

Firstly: you don’t have to use sequins, and if you are tetchy about that sort of thing I strongly suggest avoiding glitter. Buy aprons and oilcloth before commiting to any other purchase. Pound stores, The Works and Wilkinsons are excellent places to get cheap crafting stuff, otherwise look online at Yellow Moon, the Zing Zing Tree (fellow mummy blogger) and an ebay store called little crafty bugs.

Make sure that you mentally assign an area of the house (kitchen table) to be the craft space and never let it stray elsewhere (lesson learned the hard way.) Then either google stuff or just see how it goes. Red Ted and The Imagination Tree, Nurture Store, Mum in the Madhouse and others (all mummy bloggers) have a wealth of craft posts to follow or use as inspiration. And good luck. when you start hanging the art on the walls, or getting notes from Grandparents and friends complementing the art, I promise it will make the tidying up worthwhile.
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Emma on August 29, 2012 at 9:43 am.

Thank you! I will check out those sites and start off with something simple I think!

Cathy James (@nurturestore) on August 28, 2012 at 7:48 pm.

Hi Emma! I’d say: take a deep breath, embrace the mess, then back away and let C do her thing. Craft and art for kids is all about them exploring ideas and new materials, having a go at things, communicating what they like and are interested in, enjoying the process. Our craft box is mainly made up of recycled stuff (cardboard boxes, ribbons, wrapping paper etc) and sticky tape – not craft kits! Super cheap, not too messy, eco friendly and full of possibilities for C to explore. Stop by Nurturestore and have a look at some things my kids have made, if you’d like.
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Emma on August 29, 2012 at 9:49 am.

Thanks Cathy. I’ll start saving things for us to use and will try my best to take your advice! I’ll be visiting your site for some inspiration :)