Everyone knows little kids love arts and crafts: painting, crafting, building, coloring, drawing…basically art is their jam. Especially if it’s messy, right?!
And moms love that those arts and crafts projects can lead to 2 things: 1) kids learning new things and 2) 20 minutes of peace for moms to do important things like drinking coffee and thinking about the new Gilmore Girls. Sample internal dialogue: Is Luke still hot? Will Jared Padalecki be there? I know he’s still hot! 12 seasons of Supernatural proves that. Well, Jensen Ackles and the writers should get some credit too. I mean, seriously, Jensen Ackles is ‘noice’ (said in Amy Schumer’s pervy way). Is my son wiping snot under the table… and back to reality.
When my oldest was 2, he loved smearing finger paints all over paper. What 2-year old doesn’t? I decided to give that smearing a new medium. I had a few unfinished birdhouses from Hobby Lobby. I was going to let my nieces and nephews paint them when they visited my house one summer. I was afraid they would be bored, so I planned a bunch of activities. Turns out kids are never bored when you have unlimited access to a pool. 🙂
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At 2, he didn’t quite cover the birdhouse in finger paints in one go. He would really focus on 1 or 2 parts for 20 minutes or so. I just saved that for the next time he wanted to paint. He always had different papers and paint colors to choose from when he painted. I just tried to encourage him to paint a blank spot on the birdhouse when he wanted to work on it. After a few weeks he would have most of it covered in paint and ready to make our shelves more beautiful. I sprayed the birdhouse with a few coats of poly to protect the finger paints from wearing away. I used a glossy poly to give the paints a bit of shine that finger paints don’t normally have. I also wrote his name and date on the bottom. Of course, this sentimental mom needs to know when her baby made that masterpiece.
You can get your kids busy making art for your home too. Find some unfinished wood projects that fit your style. Try different styles of birdhouses, wooden craft cars, or maybe a jewelry box…anything you’d like to decorate with or give as a gift. You can even limit them to colors that fit your room or have them add glitter, beads, rhinestones, feathers… Let them create a masterpiece you can display for the rest of your life. 🙂
Feeling inspired? Want to make your own keepsake crafts? Follow the links above to get the things you’ll need from Amazon. Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Or post pictures of your work and tag Abbotts At Home on FB, I’d love to see it!