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Unplugging to Reconnect: Weekend Crafting Fun for Busy Parents and Kids

Unplugging to Reconnect: Weekend Crafting Fun for Busy Parents and Kids

My children, now older, recently have told me how much they missed me when they were younger. They understood that I was busy and working hard to grow my business, but deep down they longed for that quality one-on-one time with their mom. I remember them often saying, "My mom works a lot so we can go to Disney World", which would make me smile. But now hearing such a simple truth about what they felt brings a bit of heartache because, at the time, I thought I was doing enough. This recent realization is what inspired me to write this article.

At DIY Craft Warehouse, I’ve gathered some easy arts and crafts activities that are perfect for busy parents or grandparents looking to engage with children in a meaningful way. Kids will love what they make and cherish the time spent with you making them. Here are a few simple ideas you can make under an hour and will create memories that last a lifetime.

Card Making: This thoughtful activity not only nurtures their artistic talents but also enhances cognitive skills such as planning and execution. As they select paper, design layouts, and personalize messages, children learn the importance of expressing emotions and intentions through art. Crafting cards for loved ones teaches empathy and the value of personal touch in communication. It’s a wonderful way to explore creativity, develop fine motor skills, and understand the impact of heartfelt messages. Plus, the joy of seeing someone’s face light up with a handmade card is an irreplaceable experience for them.

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Beadable Pen or Pencil Crafting: Using fun silicone focal beads spend time with your kids making unique, decorative pens that they can gift to friends, teachers or babysitters. This activity teaches children design principles, color coordination, and gives them a sense of accomplishment as they make practical items they can gift to friends, teachers, or babysitters. It's an excellent exercise in fine motor skills, patience, and the joy of giving while fostering creativity. It’s a great way for them to show off their creativity and make something practical. 

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Creating Friendship Surfer Bracelets: Thanks to pop culture influences such as Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce the friendship surfer bracelet has made a stylish comeback, and designing your own has become a hit activity for boys and girls of all ages. Set up a small area with various threads, beads, and charms. This not only sparks creativity but also teaches patience and fine motor skills. Plus, it’s a wonderful way for you and your kids to bond as you share bracelet-making techniques. Exchange stories and skills while weaving bracelets together.

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Cookie Decorating Extravaganza: No need to bake, simply pick up some plain sugar cookies from your local grocery store's baking department or bulk food warehouse. Create a decorating stations brimming with various icings and a sprinkle of exciting toppings. Dedicate a couple of hours to craft edible masterpieces with your kids. This activity isn’t just about indulging in sweet treats; it's a sweet way to teach planning and collaboration.

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Recycled Toy Cars: Start your weekend by engaging in an eco-friendly project with your kids—making toy cars from recycled materials. It’s a fantastic method to teach sustainability while having fun. Gather a variety of recyclable items like cardboard tubes, plastic bottles, and old CDs to fashion wheels and bodies for the toy cars. Encourage your children to be inventive in designing their cars, adding personal touches with paint or markers. This activity not only sparks creativity but also imparts valuable lessons on recycling and resourcefulness.

Don't stop there, decorate your cars! Paints, Mod Podge & Air Dry Clays

As a parent or grandparent who works all week, these activities are not just about keeping the kids busy; they’re about creating opportunities to bond, share laughter, and learn together. These crafts are designed to be simple enough for a relaxed yet engaging weekend. So, let's put aside the work stress, switch off the digital distractions, and immerse ourselves in the joy of crafting and creating with our children.

Remember, the goal is to make the most of our time with our kids, creating memories that both you and they will cherish for years to come. Happy crafting!