Crafting with Kids
My daughter is 3 ½ and has recently started shall we say, inserting her independence. This as you can imagine is making doing art projects with her very difficult. We struggle with everything from her grabbing everything under the sun to ‘add to the project’ to her not wanting to do the project I chose for us to do.
There are many ways to approach this and to be quite honest: I haven’t been approaching it in the best of ways lately. First of all, you could get fed up and walk away and let them do what they want with what is set out (while you observe from a distance of course) or you can put the whole project on hold and have a conversation with your little one to find out how they want to go about the project that you chose.
Walking away may seem like a great option when you are frustrated. But, that leaves your little one feeling let down in a way. Yes, they get to do the project on their terms but Mom and or Dad are no longer participating as originally planned. If you are frustrated find a distraction of sorts to try and delay the starting of the project. This will allow you to regroup and it will also allow your little one to have that time with you.
Having a conversation with your little one will let you both get on the same page without anyone getting frustrated. The project you envision is not the project your little one envisions and that is okay. Be sure to explain what you see but follow your little ones lead. After all, it is their project. Slowly guiding them through the project is beneficial but, once again they have their own idea and are going to place things where they feel they should be.
If things do not look perfect to you just remember, they look perfect to your little one! If your little one feels that the project is perfect then that is the important thing! They should be proud of their creations!!
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Meet Stephanie! She’s a 24 year old stay at home Mom, who couldn’t ask for a better blessing than to be home with her daughter!! Their favorite things to do together is working on art projects and they enjoy sharing them with people at Crafting with Bug!! In her free time she enjoys reading and scrapbooking!!
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