When your kids get that age where they want to start touching every single inch of your home, often times in a fairly destructive fashion, the best way to reign in that energy while still allowing your young children to have fun is through the use of arts and crafts! This is not only a good way to get those creative juices flowing, but also a way for you to spend quality time with your kids!
There are so many different types of arts and crafts to choose from, and which one you use will be determined by a great number of factors. First of all, figure out what your child will actually want to do first and foremost. Many times, they don’t particularly care one way or the other, but it is important to establish the form of art that they will actually respond positively to before going out and doing it.
Once you have that figured out, the next step is to buy the necessary supplies. If you do something simple like drawing, there is not much to get other than paper and colored pencils or markers. But anything bigger than that typically requires more tools and inevitably more prep work. For example, doing watercolor painting will involve not just the paints and brushes, but also cups for the water, as well as paper towels to help keep the mess at a minimum. And many other arts and crafts projects involve things like glitter and glue, both of which are also more involved than more simple forms of arts and crafts. Whatever form of art you intend to work on with your child, make sure that you are not just prepared with the right supplies, but also mentally prepared for the potential cleanup involved later on.
Once you have everything ready to go, the last and final step is to show your children how to do the art in a general sense. Take this time to spend quality time with them, showing them how to best create artwork, primarily leading by example. If you just stick a bunch of art supplies in front of a child and they do not know what to do with them, not only will they not create any meaningful artwork, but they will also probably just create a mess and ultimately not have any fun.
Overall, while this opportunity is great for allowing your children to be creative in a constructive and meaningful way, the most important aspect is the quality time that you get to spend with them. So always make sure to have fun with doing arts and crafts with your children!