If you are a regular reader of LTM you will know I am no fan of messy play, just yet! My two kiddies are still really little so I am hoping this small phobia of paint, playdoh, markers, glue, and glitter adorning my walls and floors, will go away.
Don’t get me wrong I am totally obsessed with crafts. I really am. I get it from my mother who is the queen of crafts and has every craft supply you could possibly think of. She is creative and ‘oh so’ talented too in her crafty ways. I am still a work in progress. But I know I craft in a neat and tidy way. I know my two children will not. If only I had one room that I didn’t care about with nothing in it but an old table and chairs that they could craft away in safely and shut the door when we were done. Then maybe I could handle it.
I know crafts and sensory play are a huge part of using their creativity and imagination which I know is SO important for their overall development which is why I am attempting to get over it or find an alternative to the messy side of it.
Ways around messy play in my house:
– Take them to messy play groups, make the mess there and come home clean.
– Have a messy playdate at someone else’s house full of craftiness, calling @Butwhymummywhy lol
– Have them craft at grandma’s when we visit in America and make all the mess they want there.
– Set them up in the garage, with a heater and make a mess in Daddy’s world.
– Or last but not least, create crafts like this below, that are minimal mess, fast and easy. Let’s not forget so adorable and still fun too.
Yesterday, we made these adorable Easter Bunny Hats from a kit from Hobbycraft. It had all the little pieces we needed all in one place, no messy glue or glitter were needed. Although I do love some sparkle, I will wait until the kids are 18 and can handle it in Mommy’s neat and tidy way. (half joking) The kids enjoyed making their hats and then laughing at each other wearing them afterwards. It was a fun crafty moment for Easter, one I want to do more of.
I know I will have to learn to get over the mess and relax a bit (a lot), to have more fun with the kids. After all, getting messy is what being a kid is all about. How bad of a mom am I for not letting my kids play messy?
Do you have crafty alternative projects for kids that don’t create a lot of mess, do share below?