You see them all over Pinterest: creative, intricate and often awe-inspiring craft projects for parents to enjoy with children. There are thousands of ideas, enough to keep a family arts-and-crafting for a lifetime.
When you have a child with delayed fine-motor-skill development, however, those cute crafts can be more stressful than satisfying. Your child may end up frustrated or annoyed, instead of happy and relaxed. Or you may feel craft-challenged and not up for Pinterest perfection.
Well, don’t worry: it’s still possible to keep it simple and enjoy craft time with your child. So step away from Pinterest and try out these three easy, fail-proof arts and crafts projects:
#1: Melissa & Doug Sticker Books
This adorable children’s activity brand not only offers a wide variety of toys, but also a robust line of simple crafts – and our favorites are the sticker books.
Stickers are a no-mess way to exercise a child’s creative side. Children can use these imaginative books to create their own cupcakes or design their future career – without having to pick up a pencil or paintbrush. These sticker books are perfect for quiet time at home, or to pass the time on a long car ride.
#2: Thumbprint Drawings
This one moves up the messy meter a little bit, but thumbprint drawings are still a fairly neat and contained craft.
All you need is an inkpad, a piece of paper, a pen or marker, and a willing thumb. Children can use their thumbs to make prints that they can then turn into simple, adorable images – the ideas are as limitless as their imaginations!
#3: Indoor “Sandbox”
Arts and crafts are often less about the final product and more about using your hands (and minds) to move and explore.
That’s why we love this easy, do-it-yourself indoor sandbox – which can be adapted to fit your home, the supplies you have on hand, and your child’s ability. Create one to have fun digging, sculpting and pouring with your child, regardless of the weather.
Those are three simple ways to get crafty and creative without the overwhelm. What are you favorite low-fuss, low-mess arts and crafts ideas? Share them in the comments below.