As a blogger of children’s crafts, it’s easy to get swept up in the, what I call ‘Pinterest Perfect’; the beautifully presented craft images, all neatly painted and perfectly constructed, with not a smudge or scribble to be seen. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about!
She’s four and as far as she’s concerned, it’s all about the process.
Every time she picks up a paintbrush or pen, does some sticking or makes something wacky she is creating something that is magical. A something that comes straight out of her imagination and reflects her interpretation of the world around her.
With the freedom to experiment and explore different materials, textures and concepts, I have seen her creativity grow and development.
This is what kids craft is about and the reason I started blogging for Craft Ideas for Kids.
So, for this post I am sharing a collection of our favourite not so Pinterest Perfect crafts; crafts that are heaps of fun and are creative MASTERPIECES! (with smudges and scribbles included).
1. We live by the sea and every time we visit the beach, we return with pockets full of shells and pebbles. Sometimes my pockets seem fuller than the kids!
Painting shells is an easy and calming activity for children (and adults), making pretty decorations for plant pots, tables or as accessories to other crafts.
A simple activity that allows crafty kids to practice cutting, think about shapes and explore texture.
All sorts of materials could be used. Get outside and collage with leaves, raid the magazine rack, cut up some old clothes or use a combination of all three.
3. Pages from Olivia’s daddy day book. Such a lucky daddy!
4. A true artist; getting creative during breakfast. Here Olivia is experimenting with glue and watercolour.
As a time saver and to have different activities to hand, I will often prepare various crafts at the beginning of each week so when a creative moment presents itself, we’re ready.
In this instance, I simply dribbled some PVA glue over watercolour paper. Once dry, it’s ready for painting. Olivia enjoys using the paint to “reveal secret images”.
5. Leave a toilet roll out, with glue and some pens and this four year old creates a climbing frame for ants.
Such a novel idea – I love the way her mind works!
Craft doesn’t need to be structured or organised, sometimes all you need to do is give your crafty kids the tools and see what happens….
Here’s Olivia is making “fireworks!” Next I would like us to attempt self portraits or a mosaic.
This abstract wonder has been made using black glue (paint and glue mixed). Once dry it creates an interesting border. I must admit, I’m looking forward to exploring this painting technique further.
Olivia is applying the food colouring using a syringe, as you can see, she is really concentrating!
She’s making a pizza, can’t you tell?
Olivia is a little robot obsessed. She loves to make robots. Play robots. Build robots and even “speak” robot.
As you can see, Crafty Dad raided the recycling bin to create this Robotic spectacular.
A simple construction that made Olivia’s day!
10. We are ‘painting an idea, not an ideal’!