4 Tips for Raising a Crafty Kid

I have a craft-lovin', colored pencil-wieldin' girl. I like to draw and I do a few craft projects when I have the time, but glitter does not flow through my veins like it seems to for my girl.

When I see her pulling out the craft supplies I will confess that I cringe a little. I just don't like messes all over the place. But, I am learning to let go a little and let her creativity have free reign. {It doesn't hurt that she's getting older and can help clean up the messes!}

Nurturing your child's creativity is as important as finishing that math book or teaching them to write. No matter what their future occupation might be, a creative mind will serve them well.

Have a kid that loves to do messy craft projects? Here are four tips for managing those messy craft projects for kids.

Learning to embrace the messes

I am positive that I'm not the only parent who does not look forward to the piles of craft projects, glitter on the floor, or permanent marker on the table. But, I have a few pieces of advice to those moms like me who want their kids to explore creative frontiers.

Try to ignore the mess

This is the biggest piece of advice I can offer. Don't cringe at the bits of clay all over the table, or the glitter spilled on the floor. Instead, teach your kids to use a broom. Really.

Another tip, set down ground rules about the number of supplies or craft projects on the go at once. My daughter likes to flit from one project to another, leaving a path of destruction and unfinished projects in her wake.

Give them opportunities to practice their skills

This is a hard one for me. I have a nice weekly routine and list of homeschooling lessons I'd like to complete. TJ loves to add art and music and drawing and sometimes my nice orderly lesson plans don't end up so nice and orderly. Or done.

So, I'm learning to focus on the few things I want her to work on (those homeschooling goals!) and give her more time for projects and crafts.

Let them 'break the rules'

Okay, I admit it - this one is hard for me too! I am a rule-follower. When we are using art programs or lesson plans, I like to follow the guidelines and the steps for each project.

TJ, on the other hand, would rather chuck the rules out the window and do her own thing.

Last year we used a great art project DVD and there were specific instructions on what color tissue paper to use and how to approach the project.

TJ used the basic idea but chose her own colors and did things differently than instructed. And you know what? I survived and she created a beautiful, colorful collage.

Buy them the right tools

For kids who find a specific area of interest - drawing or sculpting or what-have-you - eventually, you'll want to get them the appropriate tools. It really does make all the difference in the world.

Sure, regular old colored pencils are just fine. But when you have a kid who LOVES to draw, invest in a (these are affiliate links -->) nice set of drawing pencils and Prismacolor colored pencils.

Give them the time to explore

While TJ won't major in "Crafts & Projects" when she leaves home, creativity is an important part of growing up and can be useful beyond the craft sticks and glitter glue. She can apply those creative tools that she's honed through the years to a number of professions and ministries that she might choose to explore.

So give your kids room to explore their creative side {and teach them to use a broom}.

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Tonia L

Hey! I'm the owner of Happy Homeschool Nest - a website devoted to helping homeschool moms balance the needs of homeschooling with managing a healthy and happy home.