Tame the Mess! 6 Must-Have Creative Supplies

tame the mess! 6 creative tools to have on hand

When I began crafting with my little ones it was pretty easy – just strip them down to their diaper and set them loose! But as they grew and wanted to do art more often, I knew that going clothes-free couldn’t always be the answer to taming the mess. For one, we live in the north where winter is cold and long and we didn’t want to spend a fortune keeping our house at clothes-free temperatures. Second, as my little ones matured, so did their creative tools. Things like beads, feathers, and pom-poms were introduced into the mix, and clothing (or lack thereof) wasn’t going to make a difference with this type of mess! Finally, my kids didn’t always want to be putting on and taking off clothes (would you?!) – it just wasn’t conducive to every-day art making.

This is where some key creative tools came into play. … 

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Creative Tools Mini-Series

Oh, we’ve been hinting on social media about a little something we’ve been cooking up. Something that’s made us so excited. And something that we’re ready to share! Well, there’s a reason we’ve been excited – it’s super special and we think you’re really going to like it! Today we’re launching our very first creative… 

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Start with Success

This life – this beautiful, messy, full life  – is undeniably busy. There’s no question about that, and no use pretending it isn’t the case. It’s so very easy to start the day at a frenzied pace and end it wondering just what happened to the day, and how all those hours managed to slip away. Recently,… 

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Creative Parenting

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking recently – about creativity, about parenthood, and specifically about the way the two play together. Often times I hear parents – mothers and fathers alike – lament the loss of their creativity since their little ones arrived on the scene. And I know how that is. Those early… 

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Just A Heads Up

Hello there lovely readers, friends. In just a handful of days we’ll be rolling out the first big change of a rather exciting – nearly six month – process planned for Crafting Connections. Starting on Monday there will be a brand new look in our little corner of the internet. When you visit craftingconnections.net, you will be greeted by… 

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How to Build Creative Habits

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve talked about your child’s crafting style, about finding time for making art, and about ways to come up with creative ideas. These are all key elements to developing a creative habit with your children – habits that will turn into life styles, into creative and critical thinking, into… 

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Why Pinterest is Killing Your Child's Creativity (and yours too!)

Why Pinterest is Killing your Child’s Creativity

Let me start by saying this: I love Pinterest. I love all the beautiful pictures, inspiring quotes and myriad of projects. But over the years, I’ve come to notice something about Pinterest…two things really: First, Pinterest is a total time suck. You go on for “just a few minutes” to find a new project for… 

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How To Find Meaningful Time for Crafting with Your Children by Crafting Connections

The 6 BEST Tips for Finding Time for Art with Kids

Today we’re going to play a game, OK? It’s called, “does this sound familiar.” Scenario 1: You have a craft idea so you gather up the tools – some paints and paper, a few brushes, googly eyes, buttons, glitter, and tissue paper. It takes you about 15 minutes to gather up and then set out… 

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Help! My child hates art!

Sometimes, when reading through creative blogs and websites – especially those aimed at young children – it’s easy to feel like crafting must come naturally to these parents and children. The adults have endless creative ideas and craft supplies and patience. And the little ones? Well they are apparently the fabled children who came into… 

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