Crafting with Kids: Let Your Child Call the Shots

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!!

Let Your Child Call the Shots

Children tend to show more of their creativity if they are in control and able to call the shots. “WOAH, STOP! Did you just say LET MY CHILD CONTROL THE SITUATION?!?! YOU’RE NUTS!!” I know that is exactly what you are thinking. Try to follow me the next couple minutes.

The trick is making sure your child feels like they are in control. Just like in many other situations with parenting you give your child choices that you would approve of giving them ‘control’. Same goes for art projects. I always start ours by saying “Would you like to get messy today?” Not only does her answering this question make her feel in control of the situation but, also gets her excited about the upcoming project! Before asking I am sure to have a couple choices for messy and non-messy projects. Once I know if she wants to get messy or not I offer up my project ideas and I let her pick the project she desires. This gives her the feeling of being in control while Mom and Dad are comfortable and happy with the choice that was made as well .




Comments

  1. Donna says

    I still have so many of the crafty things me and my now 10 year old son made when he was little. His favorite was painting the little plaster animals and knick nacks. I agree, letting him choose and just following his lead always made craft time so much fun for both of us.

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