art. house. mum.
I struggle with kids' DIY projects on TV. There, I said it. I really don't like how neat their crafting is. The stress-free environment makes me feel like my kids are dysfunctional, and the prescribed finish of the crafts seems to leave little room for imagination. But to be fair, kids do learn a lot by copying...
Anyway, we were visiting some people with pay TV last week and a kids' craft show came on. The setting was deceptively simple. The craft looked deceptively easy. And they didn't mention that fact that it had all been set up and cleaned up by paid professionals. Or that it had been edited...
I watched with growing unease as my kids stopped what they were doing and turned their full attention to the TV. Princess crowns, no less... the only thing missing was a mermaid tail...
"All you need is some cardboard, glue, alfoil, scissors and some decorations..."
At home the next day their enthusiasm was unleashed. I succumbed to their optimism. All I had was some cereal boxes, dried up glue stick (the rest have all been eaten by Little Hands), but we did have scissors and alfoil.
The glue didn't stick, the cardboard was too short, and Sammy's enthusiasm with the scissors was worrying. So we tried wrapping smaller boxes in alfoil. But even with a heavy dose of optimism they were less than average.
Then there was a lightbulb moment. "I know... let's make alfoil balls!"
My Treasures were impressed. And so was I. Aren't they great? You should try it some time... minimal clean-up. And it encourages physical play... and co-ordination development. Craft win!