Feeling the need to bond with your kids over something that doesn’t include screen time? Crafting together is a great way to get together as a family and be creative. There are countless ways you can incorporate artsy projects into your weekend, no matter the age of your kids. Family fun can take on a whole new meaning when you break into that dusty art cupboard that has been neglected for way too long! Feeling a bit lost for inspiration on where to start? Lucky for you, I am going to give you the top 6 family ready art projects that you can take on this weekend.
1) Give old boxes a new life
Don’t break down that pile of boxes in the garage quite yet.
Those gems are going to be the base for an entire community that you and your kiddos are going to create. Lots of boxes of different shapes will be the frames for houses, buildings, shops, and whatever else your creative kids come up with.
You most likely have lots of markers and coloring supplies that will decorate the houses.
However, a high-quality glue gun (click here for an example) will allow you to incorporate small stones and other creative materials into the design. Get the supplies all ready, and watch as your kids design a whole community before your eyes!
2) Painted Rock Mosaic
First, grab a whole lot of small rocks from outside or the nearest park.
Second, have your kids paint the rocks lots of different colors. Third, find a surface like a sturdy piece of cardboard or particle board, and have the kids glue the rocks in a repeating pattern. Watch their eyes light up as a beautiful, colorful mosaic comes together with each painted rock!
3) Sofa Fort
This is a timeless craft that every adult has a secret craving to do.
Grab all the blankets, pillows and chairs in the house and transform your living room into a maze of cozy nooks and crannies. Once the fort is built, serve afternoon tea under the billowing blanket ceiling and enjoy the childish spirit emerge from you and your husband. This interaction with your kids will be a great way to develop a stronger relationship, something is proven to help children succeed later in life.
4) Play Dress-Up
This could be a two-part craft adventure.
Give everyone in your family a $10 budget and head to the nearest op-shop. Each person is in charge of purchasing as much silly attire as possible to then reveal a great costume at home. There is something about wearing silly dress up clothes that immediately evokes a sense of wonder and make-believe. Don’t shy away from this, engaging in silly behavior with your children is a great bonding experience and an opportunity for them to open up to you in a new way.
5) Baking – Not Just Cool for Grandmas
Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh baked banana bread wafting through the house?
Kids and adults alike get all warm and fuzzy as the aroma wafts from room to room, as anxious salivating mouths await the final treat. Rolling up your sleeves and baking, or cooking, with your children is both a bonding experience and a chance to impart life skills. Cooking at home has so many benefits, and is a skill that your kids will cherish when they find themselves far away from the three meals a day prepared by mom!
6) Snail Mail
The handwritten letter is a lost art.
The modern child may never have written or received a handwritten letter or postcard. That is, not until today. Start this craft off with a few blank pieces of paper for each person at the table, along with lots of art supplies. Each person will decorate a piece of stationery, that will then be used to hand write a letter.
Each person then writes a letter to someone outside of the house.
The letters will then be stuffed into envelopes, addressed, and taken to a post office box with….gasp….a stamp! Not only is this a fun way to connect with each other and surprise a loved one with a letter, writing by hand is proven to improve cognitive ability in kids!I hope these 6 crafty ideas inspires you to set time aside with your family this weekend to do something other than flip through the TV. Artistic craft time among families has so many benefits and not just the potential for fresh baked bread! Art projects don’t have to be huge and messy, they only require a bit of creativity and dedicated time. Once you start a ritual of crafting as a family, I can assure you the allure of tv or screens will become a distant memory.
I hope these 6 crafty ideas inspires you to set time aside with your family this weekend to do something other than flip through the TV. Artistic craft time among families has so many benefits and not just the potential for fresh baked bread! Art projects don’t have to be huge and messy, they only require a bit of creativity and dedicated time. Once you start a ritual of crafting as a family, I can assure you the allure of tv or screens will become a distant memory.