‘I want to do art and craft!’ my son likes to declare at random intervals and I confess my response is often to quiver in fear and hastily suggest something else. I remember when he was a toddler I couldn’t wait until he was old enough to do craft and now look at me. I’m trying to work out where my fear emanates from, and I think I can pinpoint a few key issues:
- The ‘art and craft’ box is looking decidedly lack-lustre these days. It basically contains some green pipe cleaners left over from when I made him a beanstalk, some random googley eyes, a few coloured paddle pop sticks and some paper plate halves.
- It makes me uneasy when he decides to just sit down and ‘do craft’ because it will invariably involve him pouring a large amount of glue onto a plate, bunging a paddle pop stick in the middle and then wandering off, leaving me with a gluey plate that needs to spend a month on the table to dry.
- I feel like we should make ‘something’ but we never have all the bits and bobs on hand when we need them. Like, sure, Mr Maker, I’ve just got some feathers, crepe paper and a plastic tube just lying around, let me nip to my floor-to-ceiling craft unit to gather them.
- Once made, the crafty items (ie a gluey plate holding a paddle pop stick with dye running out of it) just add to the generally detritus in the house that already makes me feel like we’re a few items away from appearing on the next episode of Hoarders.
But with Halloween (and then Christmas) approaching, I’m determined to improve the craft status quo. I will prepare in advance. I will buy things that are required for specific projects. We will make things that have a purpose and can be hung outside before they are tossed. I will hide the glue. So with that in mind, I’ve scouted around to find some fun, easy and effective crafts that we can make over the next few weeks for Halloween. Hopefully I can find something involving green pipe cleaners…. Wish me luck!
Halloween paper lanterns from Kidspot
Halloween treat buckets from eighteen 25
Spiderweb Craft from Crafts Unleashed
Toilet paper roll bats from Practically Functional
Halloween paper bag puppets from Crafts by Amanda
Cotton bud skeletons from Crafts for all seasons
Bat swarm at the door by Country Living
Paper plate ghosts from Fun Holiday Crafts
Paper plate black cat from Crafts by Amanda
Halloween torch projections craft from Stuffed Suitcase
What’s the status of the art and craft box at your house? Or do you have a floor to ceiling unit?