– 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.
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.