Crafting With Kids: Expectations vs. Reality

What you think a craft project with your kids will look like is usually not what it's actually like. Spoiler alert: Crafts might not turn out exactly how they look on Pinterest.

Crafting with kids. It's fun. It's relaxing. It's a great way to while away a few hours on a rainy day...in theory. Depending on how old your little one is, you might wind up learning that all of those magical paint-and-washi-tape Pinterest dreams you've been having are just that: Dreams.

Here are nine ways crafting with kids (in reality) differs from our expectations. How does everyone make it look so dang easy on Instagram?!

Supplies

Expectation: You'll already have everything you need on hand for the craft you already told your child you'd be making.

Reality: You will need to make a last-minute run to Target (with the kids!) for Q-tips, glue sticks, glitter, and children's pinking shears. Thirty minutes and thirty dollars later...

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Expectation: You're going to make all the materials yourself, or use the most organic, kid-friendly products you can find.

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Reality: You buy what's on sale.

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Setting Up

Expectation: You're going to be able to set up the required craft supplies in a, you know, normal fashion.

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Reality: Your very-excited-to-craft child is going to need to touch (and touch and touch) everything as you're setting it up, resulting in spilled paint and the disappearance of half the washi tape you had a minute ago.

Achieving Crafting Serenity

Expectation: Your crafting session is going to look like a Campbell's soup commercial. There you and your child will be, crafting and laughing together side-by-side at the kitchen table. You rock!

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Reality: Your crafting session, while fun, is far from relaxing or serene-looking. There's stuff everywhere and your child just wants to get to the glitter part already(!) when you've still got a good five steps until you're there. And breathe...

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Your Craft Choice

Expectation: Your child is going to be enthralled with the craft you chose.

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Reality: Your child is going to ask you why you're not making a paper towel castle like Katie from school.

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Bonding Time

Expectation: It's going to be a fun bonding moment.

Reality: It's a fun bonding moment... despite the disaster that is now your kitchen.

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The After-Craft

Expectation: You imagine that cleaning up won't take more than, what, five minutes?

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Reality: If you count the errant sparkles you'll find in the future, cleaning up takes two weeks.

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Expectation: You're going to proudly display whatever you made on the fridge or on a shelf for years to come.

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Reality: Your younger child rips it to shreds the second she wakes up from her nap.

Project Planning

Expectation: You're probably going to want to have a weekly crafting date once you're through.

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Reality: Let's make it a monthly crafting date.

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