Finding Time for Craft

finding-time-for-craft-via-Crafting-Connections   Do these situations sound familiar to you?

– One little one is napping, so you quickly try to look up a project on Pinterest (which always takes longer than one would think!), gather the materials, and corral your older child just as your youngest wakes up demanding a snack?

– You often think of crafting together, but when you actually do attempt a craft, it becomes overly complicated and just doesn’t turn out quite right.

– Crafting with your little one sounds nice, but you just don’t have the time.

Yes? Well we’ve been there too. In fact, one of the biggest barriers we’ve heard time and again to crafting with little ones is that it is difficult to find the time.

And it’s true – sometimes it’s about making time, and other times, it’s about making changes and finding that time. Here are the 3 main ways we find time to craft in our home.

3 ways to find time in your day for craft with your little one via

Stolen Moments of Time

During those quiet moments when your youngest is sleeping, or other times when you’re between activities or just feeling adrift – use those moments. If you want to feel organized, you can put together bags with simple supplies you can use to create at a moment’s notice (such as our 10-minute projects). But don’t feel like you have to be organized – just seize those stolen moments – grab paper and crayons, beads and pipe-cleaners and just create. Yes, it can be that simple.

Build it into your Daily Routine

We have our routines with our little ones – “dinner, bath, books, bed” is one we know well. Then there’s your morning routine, or quiet time routine. Finding time can mean looking at your routines and seeing where creating can fit. Do you need a gentle way to reconnect after quiet time? How about setting up a creative table. Is there a space between breakfast and starting your day that could welcome a bit of crafting? Yes, sometimes finding time means finding those moments you already have.

Set a Time for Craft

Finding time in stolen moments or working them into your routine may work for many, but for some of us – both grown-ups and little ones – having a set time can be helpful. It doesn’t have to be daily – habits take time, so be gentle with yourself and your little one. But try setting a specific day and time – for instance Tuesdays at 11am. Talk to your little ones about the upcoming crafting time, let them know what project you’ll be working on or materials you’ll be working with, prepare them and get them excited. Then try out a process project and enjoy the time creating – whether it’s for 5 minutes or 15, with your little one.


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  1. says

    Love this post! I agree that making that time for creating is so important. We do our art making on Monday mornings while my youngest naps, though I try to extend it sometimes so he can join in a modified version when he wakes up.



    Andrea Reply:

    Having those set times can be so helpful! We often do our crafting in the afternoon as a way to gently roll through the sometimes-long hours until dinner time. :)


  2. says

    These are great ideas…I love the stolen moments!! Thanks so much for sharing!!



    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Carla – I really love those stolen moments of crafting. It’s such an easy and natural way to quickly connect with my little one – putting down the distractions and ought-tos and just focusing on my kiddos :)


  3. says

    I LOVE this post! Oh my goodness, this is one thing that has been on my heart the last few months… making more time to craft with my boys and being more hands-on with them. I find that crafting time is create quality and calm time… and I’m loving it! I will be featuring this post on Makeovers & Motherhood as one of my Favorite 3 on the Welcome Party Wednesday Link-Up tomorrow! Thanks for sharing and for the great tips!


  4. says

    I used to love doing craft with my kids when they were little. My daughter (19) and I still paint together sometimes. It is a lovely way to spend quality time together. Lovely post.


  5. says

    Thanks for this. I think it’s important to do craft with my kids too, but it’s not always easy. And the thought of the mess and clean up time afterwards can get discouraging at times. But thanks for these little suggestions and tips on how we can build it into our routine!



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