Mom approved craft projects are the ones that are safe, easy to clean up after, yet still provide some fun. Typically, when there is a need for some craft projects to be done, don’t call me. I have never been a crafty person. My fingers were built too big, my patience too small. However, God saw fit to give me a crafty daughter. So I try.
When my kids and I endeavor to do some craft projects, I have some simple rules I use to make sure everyone stays safe, has fun, and doesn’t make our home a disaster zone. Before you get started on any of those craft projects you have pinned, check out these tips first.
3 Mom Approved Craft Rules
- No glitter. Ever, ever. There are some moms who roll their eyes at this rule but those are moms I probably wouldn’t get along with very well. I get it. Glitter is fun. It says “Party time!” but it is so stinking hard to clean up. And if you have ever spent a night picking pink glitter out of your son’s tight curls, you’ll agree with me on this one. Glitter is not mom approved craft materials. Just need to have some sparkle? Glitter stickers are fabulous.
- Don’t use empty laundry containers. It seems like a simple rule but one a lot of moms may not understand. I’ve seen a lot of craft projects on Pinterest and in the blogosphere using empty laundry packet containers. BUT they teach kids that those containers are toys and that the things inside them may be toys too. Be safe! Laundry packet containers should only hold laundry packets and nothing else. And they should be kept under lock and key or in a cabinet where little ones can’t reach them. Want more safety tips for laundry packets? Check out the American Cleaning Institute’s website for everything you could want to know.
- Have fun. Even if you are not a crafty person (like me), just go with it. It’s not about the project after all. The finished product is not something you have to even concern yourself about. That’s difficult for a perfectionist like me. The purpose of doing craft projects with your kids is to have fun while you are doing it. You won’t remember the project (and it will probably will get thrown away in the not so distant future honestly) but you and your kids will always have the memories you make.