There seems to be some kind of unwritten rule or expectation that part of being a mother means being creative with the kids, getting crafty and producing amazing things together. You only have to look on pinterest and see we are surrounded by super mums that make the most AMAZING things with their kids and actually love doing it! I could curse the day Mr Maker entered our lives, with his maker mobile and endless “easy” crafts (craft with a 4 & 2 year old and then tell me how easy it is). Like many Mum’s big on social media I have a whole pinterest board dedicated to “Kids stuff” brimming with fabulous craft ideas but there’s one
small massive problem (if you haven’t already guessed) – I find crafting with kids pretty stressful!!
I do like to do crafts occasionally with my kids, but each time I set something up, not 5 minutes in I remember why its been so long since we got our craft on. I don’t know about you but I don’t like the mess it creates, its so much effort for what seems quite a quick activity and then there’s the times you have to pretend like the tat they’ve made is the best creation since Picasso! I just can’t be doing with it in my life some weeks yet there’s something about seasons changing and “holidays” like Easter, Christmas, valentines etc that make you want to crack out the paints, junk modelling and glue and get crafty!
One thing I do find extremely easy, relatively stress free and easy to compliment on are “Paper Plate crafts” (look here to see some from Christmas)! Pinterest has several ideas and some I came up with. They’re inexpensive (great when it comes to binning them) and results are quick. My kids love them – to be fair it doesn’t take much to impress a preschooler so get yourself down to home bargains and grab a pack of paper plates.
Here are a few things we tried leading up to Easter that you may (or not) want to recreate with your little ones.
Here’s one by my 2yr old – I actually LOVE it!
cut 4 ear shapes (again we used foam) 1 set smaller to sit inside bigger for ears
grab something for a nose – we had pompoms
2 googley eyes
The 4 yr olds – No words…I dont know what happened!
And by the expert crafter it seems at only 2:
Easter Bunny Masks
Cut circle middle out of plate
cut 4 ear shapes (we used paper and left over plate) 1 set smaller to sit inside bigger for ears
Tape a lolly stick at bottom behind to hold
Add some whiskers