10 Tips for Crafting with Kids

I know messes. Very well. I also know crafty kids. I’ve learned a few things along the way.

  1. If it’s not washable don’t use it.
  2. Keep food and crafts at separate tables.
  3. Let the kids choose some of the crafts. At the very least let them think they chose a craft.
  4. Always have a contingency plan in your back pocket. Be warned, that back pocket will likely get covered in glitter.
  5. Patience, patience, patience.
  6. Have craft clothes. If you have dress only requirements like at my house, have a craft dress.
  7. If you deem a particular craft an outdoor one, stand firm. They will fight you, probably every day.
  8. Be respectful of difficulty levels and attention spans. Seems obvious but I get this wrong most often.
  9. If you like your furniture in a clean presentable state, cover it. Cover all of it.
  10. Have the following on hand for clean up: nail brush, magic eraser, hose and possibly a pressure washer.
And here’s an extra one because you can never be over prepared when it comes to kids and messes: a half and half mix of sugar and baking soda will scrub all manner of filth off little hands, gently. And off the table too.

If all else fails repeat after me “Whatever.”


  1. I need to try that wash! My “food” table is a bit multicoloured.
    I say ban the glitter outright. Once it comes in the house it is around for months, if not years.

  2. If only I could teach Hank the difference between food and craft. Ahem.

  3. 11. No glitter – glue or otherwise!!

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