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7 Arts and Crafts Projects Perfect for the Whole Family

As summer is approaching, many of us are unfortunately unable to go on the holidays that we usually do as the sun comes out. Thanks to the restrictions caused by Covid, the way in which we have to spend our time this summer is worlds apart from the way in which we usually find enjoyment in the sun.  

Though Covid means that most holidays are a no-go, this does not affect the fact that schools will be closing soon. This means that if you are someone that has children, then you are going to have to find a way to entertain them for a few months.  

Anyone that is a parent will know that attempting to keep children entertained is a difficult task, especially if you have more than one. Children get bored easily and hate repetitive tasks, so it is important that you make sure that you are switching up your entertainment methods, which can be hard. There are only so many games in the world that you can play and children get bored quite easily, so finding diverse activities that you can do is essential.  

Children love to get creative, so starting an artistic project with your child is a great way to keep them entertained. There are also many craft projects to choose from, so it is unlikely that you and your child will get bored. Here is our pick of the best 7 arts and crafts projects that are perfect for the whole family.  

 

Snow Globe 

At one point or another, we were all made to make snow globes at school.  Though many people associate this craft with Christmas, there are no limitations on when you can make snow globes. The craft is very simple, all you need is a hot glue gun,  a jar, and some decorative ornaments. You stick your ornaments to the lid of your jar, fill the jar with water and then glue the lid down. It is extremely simple and easy to do and if you want to make some nice decor for your home, you could always use a laminated family picture within the globe.  

 

Pumpkin and fruit carving 

Once again, this is a fun craft that is often neglected due to the common belief that it can only be done at Halloween. If you have ever carved a pumpkin, you will know just how fun it is to create your own character and watch it come to life. You are not limited to just having to use a pumpkin, as many fruits and vegetables make the perfect carving objects. You could always carve a watermelon or a squash. If you are someone with small children, you may be hesitant to allow them to carve the fruits for safety reasons. This does not mean that you have to abandon the craft altogether, you could instead try painting pumpkins and other fruits. 

 

Cakes 

Though you may not want to bake a bunch of cakes with children around, something that would be fun for yourself and your children would be decorating cakes. Decorating cakes may be a little messy, but your children will love it and you will have some delicious treats to enjoy at the end of it. 

 

Plant Pot decor 

If you have a child that loves painting and nature, then they will love decorating their very own plant pot. You can buy plain plant pots at any garden center or store, with the use of paints and stickers you can then personalize these pots to fit your child’s personality. You can then plant already grown flowers or seeds and watch them flourish. 

 

Finger Paints 

If you are someone that has small children, then a lot of other crafts may simply be unrealistic. Something simple that you can do with your child is created finger paint drawings. Kids love to get a bit messy, so giving them the opportunity to freely create art with their hands will be extremely exciting for them. This is something that you can do together and create a collaborative piece that you can then hang to display in your house. 

 

Sewing 

Now you may not think that sewing is child-friendly, but there are many ways in which you and your child can complete a fun sewing project together. You can actually buy plastic sewing needles that are safe to use and much thicker than your standard sewing needles, which means that your child will be able to hold them much easier. You can actually buy pre-planned sewing kids for kids, which allows them to make fun items such as teddy bears and small blankets. Introducing your children to sewing at a young age may also allow them to pick up a life skill that will be very useful in adulthood. 

 

Wax Melt Making 

This craft is one that will allow you to enjoy crafting with your child just as much as them. As a parent, you will have to take full control of this craft due to health and safety reasons, but your child will still have just as much fun. Your child will be able to pick out the molds, color, and scent of what you will make. This will make them feel really involved and will make them even more appreciative of the end results. This is also a craft that you can share with family and friends. 

Why a Clean Household is Imperative to your Child’s Health 

From as soon as you are able to pick up a broom, it is hammered into you that it is imperative that you maintain a clean home. This is partly due to the social expectations that are upheld throughout society and the association that cleanliness has with your health.   

When you have children, this is only further pushed. In fact, it is part of human nature to put lots of time into cleaning once you find out that you are pregnant. This is a natural human instinct known as nesting and it is something that all parents will experience at one point or another.  

As your child ages, then it is likely that you will quickly forget the importance of keeping your house clean due to just how naturally messy children can be. I mean, who has the time to spend all day cleaning up after your children? Though it may be ok to allow a little bit of mess and clutter to develop, it is important that you make sure that the mess doesn’t develop further than this. You may not know that having a clean house can actually be extremely beneficial to the health of your child and here is why.  

Children spend a lot of time indoors  

As you may know, the snowfall in Canada can get really heavy and the conditions outside can be quite dangerous a lot of the time. For this reason, it is likely that your child will spend quite a lot of time inside in order to escape the cold. Because of this, your child will be exposed to all of the bacteria that can be housed inside of your home. It also means that they will be inside much more to make a mess, that you will only need to clean up.  

Being exposed to poor bacteria is extremely dangerous when your child is at the developmental stages of their lives. Due to the fact that they do not receive their important vaccinations until later on in life, your child could pick up terrible illnesses such as the flu. If you are worried that your child may fall victim to some of the potential illnesses that are out there, be sure to follow this list of things that professional cleaners always do, as you’ll be able to pick up some easy tips that you can use in your home. 

Mental health  

These days, growing up can be extremely stressful. Children are under a lot of pressure these days, with the increase of workload and just the general ongoings in the world. Something that you may not know is that having a messy or cluttered home can actually be extremely detrimental to the mental health of your children. This is because a cluttered environment can cause a lot of stress, as humans were not made to live in an overwhelming environment. If you clean your home, then that is one less thing that your child has to worry about.