Messy Crafts and Other Things I Avoid

Mess, mess free, messy crafts, crafts, no mess, colouring, colours, childrenMummy Confession: I hate messy crafts.

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Imagine this: two children quietly playing and getting along while they create Pinterest-perfect handprinted rainbows with a sprinkle of glitter-bliss and a touch of whimsy with a well-placed sticky star. It’s beautiful. Now, step out of this dream world and into mine.

Glitter is spewed all over the room,  covering everything in sight (and somehow out of sight as well), glue matted into long locks of hair, crying and screaming about something to do with breathing the same air, and a toddler somehow munching on playdough hiding in the corner. This is craft time, and I prefer to stay away from it. We will do stickers, and cut up paper, but with one child who insists on licking and smelling everything she touches (I am reminded of the Canadian Mountie on “Due South”), it isn’t a common occurrence.

I mean, I’m already cleaning up a million other messes I didn’t create, so why add one more? Plus the fact that the stickers ran out months ago, yet we still find them stuck on the bottom of our feet and go out shopping with an unknown, albeit well-placed one on our backside every now and then.

Its not that my kids don’t have fun, oh believe me they do! Our house is a living musical most of the day quite literally (my oldest has a knack for singing about everything she does, all whilst dancing around the room). I prefer a more controlled medium when we do our creative masterpieces.

One of the wonderful Crayola inventions I discovered last Christmas was “Color Wonder”. A mess-free, markers only draw on the special papers provided, colouring experience.  Crayola has a whole range of mess-free options in addition to markers, and I’m really keen to try a bunch of them even looked up Melissa and Doug brand’s mess-free glitter crafts. My girls would love to try these! So, mothers who fear craft and creative times, have no fear, Color Wonder is here! Join with me in a standing ovation for the sanity it saves for us terrible mums who hate the mess and risks of ingestion associated with all the other typical craft activities!



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