5 Items For Successful Arts and Crafts

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by Patrice on January 14, 2011 · 2 comments

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Arts and crafts are a great way to provide quality time for any single mom and the kids while letting them practice creativity. Make the time enjoyable and as stress free as possible with a little pre planning on your part. Crafting is a fun activity, and the following checklist can help keep it that way.


Before starting an arts and crafts project, make sure you have enough uninterrupted time to complete the task. Don’t start it if you have to put it aside for meal time or another activity. There are always the unplanned interruptions that have to be dealt with, but when you promise your child that the afternoon will be spent making the project, do your best to plan enough time around the craft.


Before you schedule your crafting time, make sure you have the proper materials on hand and that you have enough in case major mistakes are made along the way. Running out of an important component, or having to search for glue or scissors just adds frustration to a project that suddenly doesn’t seem to be running as smoothly as either of you envisioned. This isn’t any fun for you or the child.


Choose an arts and crafts project that is appropriate for the skill and development of your child. If the project involves cutting and pasting and the child isn’t old enough to use scissors, do the cutting before hand. Remember that it is the child’s project, and they should feel that they have done most of the work themselves.

Choosing the proper skill level will also result in a better looking completed project that the child will be proud to have displayed.


Let the child have as much control of the craft as possible, while sitting back until your help is needed. You may be tempted to grab the glue to push the progress along a bit,  but unless the child asks for help, let them find their own best way to accomplish the maneuver.


Remember that this is a craft, not an artistic masterpiece. A completed craft is a successful craft. There are always encouraging words to describe the project. My favorite is ‘primitive art’.

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.

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Angie Schilling January 15, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I agree so much with letting the child have the control in the craft. How will they ever learn if you do it all for them? They can not learn if you do it for them! Plus if you do it it is not really their work. It is yours. The child should be able to do the craft how ever they wish.


Savannah February 17, 2011 at 10:38 am

Let the creative juices flow! A child will be so much more proud of something they did all on their own, without mommy’s help!


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