I LOVE to create. I have wanted to do arts and crafts with my kids since before I can remember. My little Boston is hard to engage in crafts. He loves to do them with Mom, but I usually end up doing most of it. I think I may have focused too much on the finished product when he first became interested in coloring and play dough. Now, he knows what he wants things to look like, and since he feels he cannot do it perfectly he would rather have Mommy do it.
We are really working on finding crafts that engage him and focus more on the process, not so much on the finished product. Boston played with a knight shield at the Children’s Museum, and leaving it behind to go home was a true nightmare for both of us. So, I decided to make one at home with him.
I cut the shield out of cardboard before Boston was awake. I have noticed that short crafts are better for him.
Next, I got out the mod podge, his scissors, and a bunch of leftover construction paper. I usually have my eye on the finished product as well and try to guide him too much. This time I told him to cut the papers, and didn’t help him make the shapes “cooler” or tell him any ideas of what we wanted it to look like at the end.
Then I let him brush mod podge on the whole shield with a big brush. I’m sure you could mix a little water into some elmer’s glue to make it brush on easy like mod podge if you don’t have it. Also, just using a glue stick would be great if your kid loves glue sticks. The nice thing about mod podge is it makes everything stick so evenly and not fall off like glue stick projects do sometimes. Have your Knight press all the shapes down evenly and then paint another layer of mod podge over top to make it all stay down and look shiny.
Next, hot glue a little ribbon on the back for your Knight to put his or her arm through.
That whole thing took us only about fifteen minutes, which is perfect for Boston. He is OBSESSED with this thing. The rest of the night I threw balls at him and he shielded himself which was hilarious and fun for both of us.
We had so much fun pretending to be knights that we ended up making a sword the next day.
*Crafts are so much more fun for kids that are more about the “playing” than the “creating” if you make something that they are really into and can DO something with (if they LOVE bugs, make a little bug home out of a cardboard box and have them decorate it…next go find some bugs to put in it).