I am more of a hands-off parent. As a recovering Type A personality, I used to like having everything just perfect, so touching up things my kids did, from crafts to chores, was a part of that.
But that’s not how you create an independent child. That’s how you give a child who was confidence an inferiority complex. So I am learning to let go and see the perfection in those unsteady hands, crooked lines and messiness.
These summer crafts kids can make with little to no help from mom or dad.
Paint a wooden birdhouse. These are inexpensive and you can find them at just about any craft store, and you can make them as easy or complicated as you want. While you’re at it, buy one for yourself to decorate.
Press some wildflowers. Keep some pressed flowers around and see what your kids can make from them. Just by using a little Modpodge, they can create a jewelry box, bookmarks, a picture frame, lantern, and more.
Glow-in-the-dark jellyfish. These are fun and easy to make, and double as something to hang in your child’s room that they can watch as they fall asleep.
Terra cotta pots. There are special markers that work great on terra cotta pots, but regular paint and sharpies will do the job too. Make any size pot from huge to tiny, and then you can plant something in it afterward.
Nature collage. Go on a hike, letting your kids pick up as many rocks, leaves twigs, and flowers as their little hearts desire. Then use a picture frame and air-dry clay and press the treasures into the frame for a memorable nature collage they can paint.
So have fun. Not only will your kids be creative . . . they’ll also be creating memories and exercising their imagination.