I have a BIG love/hate with this. I do love crafts and projects. I hate the time they take, the mess they make and sometimes (confession time) the end result. I have a big range for kids ages 6-17 yrs with the oldest 5 being boys and the youngest 2 being girls. I have learned the my boys for the most part are fine and willing participants: doing it and being done. The girls on the other hand want to sit and work on it and perfect it.
This year to make things a bit easy as we had our 1st graduating in June and prepping for a confirmation and 1st communion (big year here) we used our picture study and just tried to copy a portion or item for drawing as our craft/art. This worked out good and everyone made some progress. I’d like to stick with it but to be honest some are getting board and not putting much effort into it any more.
So what are some other simple to do art/handicrafts that are going well for you with multiple ages? I would like to find say 3 or 4 main projects to do where we just work on them for a couple weeks and then say the 1st one is used for Christmas gifts, the 2nd one for Easter, then the 3rd & 4th for friends or something of use for our family. Looking for new ideas and I knew this was the place to ask. So fire away my friends 🙂
Chalk pastels are easy for all ages and often give surprisingly great results. Papercrafts like origami can be fun. Art – just pass out a medium to use and the appropriate paper if needed: watercolors, oil pastels, pencil for sketching, clay for sculpting.
Have your kids tried calligraphy? Or zentangles? Or a rainbow loom? Or knitting? Sewing?
Misty, congrats on the sacraments!! We have a 1st Communion and Confirmation here, too.
I usually like what I find on:
She has so many different types of arts, and I find that my youngest to my oldest can usually create something they are proud of. (And lots of the items make great gifts!)
I’ll usually choose a seasonal or holiday-related craft that I like and then introduce it to the kids. I’m not crafty, and this is the site that works best for me.
My girls are 10 and 6 and my son is 8. All three of them are enjoying making latch-hook rugs. They work on them while listening to family read alouds. Keeps the hands busy and the mind able to focus.
Thanks everyone I looked at that website and found about 3 projects that would be easy enough and great gift ideas.
I had never heard of zentangles so thanks for teaching me something new!
Latch-hook seems like another perfect gift giving and easy to start and finish. We’re actually looking for a Christmas one for grandparents. Anywhere you like to buy them from?
I just heard about this site today. Thinking of trying something new with the kids:
We are really enjoying Paper Sloyd this year! Don’t let the “primary grades” part of the book title fool you…it’s been a huge hit with all my DC (ages 13 and under). For our supplies, we have a bag of scrapbook paper, a wooden ruler for everyone, some baker’s twine, glue sticks, and a hole-punch. It takes about 15 minutes start to finish and everyone’s projects come out great. We were hoping to make extras for gifts, but didn’t get around to it.
I just noticed the question about where we buy latch hook rug kits. So far we’ve just been getting them at Michaels when we can use 40% off coupons. I think we have done all the ones my kids are interested in, though, so unless they get new ones, we’ll be looking for a new place to buy as well. My girls have decided they want to cover their bedroom floor in rugs they have made!