Ideas for crafty parents

I used to love crafts. I say “used to” because as a full time working mom with a one year old and a three year old, I can’t remember the last time I actually worked on a craft project all my own.

Even coloring alongside my preschooler is a battle, as she decides to sneak her markers over onto my paper, or bosses me around with instructions about what I should draw.

As frustrating and messy as it is though, I want my kids to love crafts. So as often as my daughter asks “Now we do art?” I spread out fingerpaints, watercolors, markers, crayons, stickers, glue, beads, scissors, pompons and anything else we can find that helps us have fun and be creative.

As for my own crafting….I have faith that once my kids are a few years older, they will entertain themselves a bit more, and I can safely get out my own craft supplies again. 

In the meantime, some books at the library that inspire me to craft with my kids include:

I especially like attending the craft programs for children here at the library because all of the supplies are already prepared for us and someone else cleans up the mess. I like seeing how other parents and children interact while working on arts and crafts together. Find upcoming kids programs in the connectnow.

And now I ask everyone, but especially the other parents out there — how do YOU incorporate time for crafts into your daily life and busy schedule? What craft ideas work will with your children? What inspires you?

Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Arts & Crafts Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, and frequent library customer, especially with her children. She reads a new book every few days, but recently loved Adorkable by Sarra Manning, Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman and Tin Star by Cecil Castellucchi.