Craft day can be like going to the gym; I love the idea, but the actual activity makes me tired just thinking about it.
The worry, of course, is about the craft day mess. It seems like there is a direct correlation between how much kids enjoy an activity and how likely it is to ruin furniture. Between water color paints, Play-Doh, papier-mache, glitter and glue, craft day can turn your chairs, tables and carpets into disaster zones.
Fortunately, there are a few easy ways to minimize the craft day damage.
- Consolidate the chaos – Allowing the kids’ craft projects to spread out all over the house makes it much harder to keep the house looking decent. If you keep the projects in one room, you can disaster-proof just that room, and know that any messes, spills or stains will be contained in an area you have already prepared.
- Prepare for the worst – Knowing that glue might get in the carpet and paint might spill on the tablecloth, prepare the craft area for the worst that can happen. Lay down some cardboard, a large throw-away drop cloth or paper sheet over the table or floor. Make sure the coverage area is large enough to accommodate the activities, and especially make sure that the cloth can handle water, paint and other substances that might leak through. And avoid headaches and expensive upholstery cleaning by breaking out your washable and stain resistant SmartSeat Chair Protectors to protect the seats of your dining room chairs.
- One at a time, please – It’s tempting for kids to start one project and move on to another before finishing. Try keep this this to a minimum during your kids’ craft day and you will be much less likely to find a forgotten bottle of half-empty glue in the china cabinet. Do a mini-cleanup after each activity is over and before you break out the next set of materials.
- Make it a day – Keeping craft day manageable can be as simple as just having an actual day for crafts. If you consolidate all the messy projects you or your children have been planning onto one day, you can avoid leaving materials lying around. That means you can put the glue and glitter away for a while and not have to worry about them finding their way onto your carpets and upholstered furniture.
Now that you’re ready to throw caution to the wind, check out these messy craft day activities.
Photo by Denise Currasco