Why I hate crafting with my kids

February 21, 2014

Hi, my name is Kara. I am 31 years old. I have 6 kids ages 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, and 1.5. I am a lifestyle blogger (which means I blog about recipes, crafts, DIY, family, etc). I have a confession to make. I hate crafting with my kids … It’s okay. You can close your mouth now.

Why I Hate Crafting with my Kids by Simplistically Sassy

That kind of makes me sound like a super un-fun mom huh?  Well, sometimes I think I am.  Before you stop reading to never return, let me explain myself.  My kids have giant craft buckets (so they are called), where their coloring books, crayons and color pencils are kept.  Markers, scissors, and glue are all kept up and away.  You see, I have a 3 year old and a 19 month old – they are at the perfect age to make a GIANT mess with markers, and glue and do horrible things that would make me cry with scissors.  The older kids know they can ask for those things and after finding out their intentions, I usually say yes.

Paint and glue give me anxiety just thinking about letting the kids have it.  Finger painting projects always looks so great and adorable, and CLEAN on Pinterest … but then reality happens, and no matter what … it’s a HUGE mess.  HUGE.  The kids get SO messy, and then they need a bath (and bathing the children is such a task in our house), then the sink is a crazy colorful mess, and the walls in the bathroom (no matter what) end up colorful.  Glue just gets everywhere.  The table, their hands, their clothes, sometimes it makes it between two objects meant to be glued together (like two pieces of paper), and other times it ends up between two object that should NOT be glued together.

Glitter is basically not allowed in my house.  When I was in high school, lotion with glitter came out and I still remember putting it on (a friend had it) and it drove me INSANE that it got on everything.  It made my desk sparkly, my face was sparkly, my papers, my pens, my clothes!!!  AHHH!!  It wouldn’t leave me alone.  I couldn’t handle it (literally).  I branched out (with a little panic) I did buy some glitter for a Christmas project.  I LOVE how it turned out.  However, the kids weren’t really allowed to touch it.  I found glitter even a week later from that project.  My kids haven’t ever used glitter at home because I am so un-fun.

Let’s clear one thing up … It’s not like we never craft – that’s totally not how it is.  We color and draw on a very regular basis (read, almost daily) in our house … so all crafting is not totally lost.  When there is a project the kids want to do, or a project I want to do with the kids (that involves scary things like glue, and paint, and scissors), I just find a time when I know I don’t have to stress about it.  If I prepare myself for having all 6 kids a mess and needing constant help in one way or another with supplies, then I can do it, and we all LOVE it!  It can work.  I LOVE crafting with my kids.  I just need to plan big, messy projects so I don’t go crazy.  🙂  

I hereby promise if we do a glitter/glue project that I’ll share it’s awesomeness with all of you to show you that I survived!!!  Now you know, if we ever do a glitter project, it MUST be awesome.

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13 thoughts on “Why I hate crafting with my kids

  1. Mel

    Oh i am so the same, I have 5 kids however the first 3 are 16,14&12 totally fine but 4 &2.5 they make me want to throw anything craft related in the bin. I have no idea how those people on Pinterest do it, I certainly havent mastered the art of clean crafting with my little ones either. Even chalk ground into the rug is a huge mess.
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  2. Tawna

    Oh my goodness I LOVE this post! ! When it comes to crafting with the kids I think I must the most impatient mom in the world. Of the projects are great when they are finished but the during messy process makes me want to pull my hair out. Thank you for sharing that I am not alone.

    1. Kara @ Simplistically Sassy Post author

      Amy, I really truly thought of you as I wrote this and every time I read over my glitter stuff, I KNEW it would make your heart sad, lol. 🙂 I love the end result, but I HATE the mess of it … and how it’s all over the place. It kills me.

  3. Jenn

    I know exactly what you mean…I always want to be that fun mom that just lets my kids have a bucket of craft supplies they can have a ball with but then I remember how long it took to get the house even presentable (not clean) and I realize I am not really that mom. I do TRY but usually I talk myself out of it…I like to think not letting them do it all the time will REALLY make those memories of when we did stand out 😀
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