Oliver-Honest MumReading’s kinda like crafting isn’t it?!

Although I have a strong art background and used to exhibit my work (with some oils still hanging in restaurants), I would really love to do more crafting with the toddler.

We do get the paints and glue out at times and despite the mess, we love it when we do. (Thank goodness for wooden floors is all I can say).

As I reflected on all the pretty pictures of tissue paper trees and forest forraged collages on my facebook page, I got to thinking about all the other things the kid does which gets his creative juices going.

See, all us less crafty mums need not feel guilt no more.

Washing Up

Lots of wet fun while getting the dishes clean. Oliver actually loved the little bit of washing up he did and he finds packing the dishwasher fabulous fun. Who am I to get in the way of that?

cleaning

Collecting Shells

No need to actually make anything with the things you collect. Forget using shells for craft ideas-collect for fun I say! Here is Oliver using a fishing net for ‘catching’ shells in Robin Hood’s Bay!

collecting shellsPlaying in the sandpit in the garden.

Creative fun as sand and water is pushed into tunnels, plants and often through hair and onto little hands. As long as it stays away from me, I’m happy!

sand pit

Finally yes, I allowed my son to make me into a house. Please forget you ever saw this picture.

making me into a house

For other more normal craft ideaswhy not go to Hobbycraft? I will be, just as soon as I get these soft bricks off my back!

Photographs ©Vicki Psarias-Broadbent.

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  1. Kayla

    I have to say that I love this post. I have been doing a lot of crafting with my kids lately and haven’t even been thinking about “crafting” in this way. Just getting a chance to actually be creative is really important so I think we will be doing some sand play tomorrow.

    After looking around for quite a while I realized that I love this site so I did subscribe and look forward to your updates!

    Thanks for the post 🙂
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