Crafting with kids doesn’t have to be a big, messy production. I try to keep some simple materials on hand so that when that 3 pm witching hour hits I can give the kids something to do to reset and get us through the evening. And to be totally honest, I usually sit down and craft with them during this end of the day session. I’m usually just as frazzled and grumpy as they are after a long summer day and taking some time to chill, craft, and focus on a creative activity helps me reset.
These mini canvas magnets are a good one to keep on hand for the rough times at the end of the day. You can find a pack of mini canvases at most craft or art stores. They come in packs of anywhere from 4 – 12 and cost about $.50 a canvas. Our kids love seeing their creations become a useful part of our home and you can see their pride when the grocery list is pinned up with their magnet.
- Mini canvases
- Markers/pens/glue/beads/paint – basically, gather whatever art supplies you have on hand and let the kids go to town.
- E6000 glue
1. Let your kids decorate their canvas. We had 6 canvases and I straight up took 4 of them. Once we sat down I got a vision of what I wanted to do and I was a supply hog. I felt bad for about 15 seconds. My kids used sharpies, glue, and beads. I used a super fine point black pen.
2. Once their (and your) work is dry, glue a magnet on the back of each canvas with the E6000 glue. Let dry.
3. Once your glue is dry, let the kids hang up some important docs on the fridge with those bad boys!
- Bubba spent more time coloring the back of his magnet than he did the front. The back looks sweet. Trust me.
- Sis got mad at me because the glue I gave her wasn’t “strong enough.” Gotta love family time!