We Are So Ready For Arts & CraftsEmily Malone
It’s been a long and rainy winter. I’ve been searching high and low for fun indoor activities for me and my toddler. We go to play centers, community rooms, friends’ houses, libraries – the works. But sometimes, we also like to just hang out at home. Whenever I google or search for fun toddler at-home activities, they all seem to come back to one thing: arts and crafts.
I have a whole cabinet full of crayons, construction paper, finger paints, water colors, stickers – you name it. And every few weeks I pull something out hoping this is finally going to be the artistic moment I have been waiting for. And then my son eats a crayon or jams a glob of finger paint into his mouth, and arts and crafts time quickly become bath time.
I don’t care about the mess whatsoever – I’m prepared for that. You’ve gotta be willing to get a little messy here and there, right? But our problem is the eating and chewing, and that is just not okay. I am so ready for Cullen to stop sticking everything in his mouth, and start putting those little colorful fingers onto paper instead!
I see other moms with little messy paintings on their refrigerators, and I feel inspired to try again. And I’ll keep trying until we get there, but I’m hoping that is sooner than later! I’m sure Cullen will fall in love with his sticker book just as soon as the weather warms and we are ready to hit the playgrounds. At this point I’m just hoping we can get our craft on by next winter. Homemade ornaments, anyone?