Getting Real with Kira Hazledine

I’m not a mom who likes to craft. I do not make homemade Halloween costumes, I definitely do not color for personal enjoyment, and I’m not a wine and design person. I can’t just whip up a cute decoration or basket, only armed with super glue and fake leaves. I think it’s awesome that other people are super crafty, and I don’t feel bad that it’s not something I enjoy.

Except my toddler loves crafts.

This girl could paint for hours, and glue is probably her biggest weakness. If it’s hands-on, she wants to be a part of it. The messier the better, which is just so exhausting for me. So here are my go-to activities for the mom who doesn’t like to craft but needs something special for a rainy day.

Magazine collages.

  • Magazines
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors (optional)

It’s not as common to have magazines lying around, but you could snag one from an office somewhere and no one would miss it. You don’t even need scissors if you don’t want to go there with your toddler, because ripping is just as fun. Have your toddler rip pieces and glue them where ever they please. You can have a color or shape in mind, or just whatever.

Shaving cream paintings.

  • Shaving cream
  • Food dye
  • Wax paper

This is for an area that you’re ok getting messy, like the kitchen. Mix some food coloring in with shaving cream and have your toddler use their fingers to create a special master piece. Wax paper will hold up to the moisture and will hopefully help contain the mess. No promises, though.

Cardboard box fort.

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Crayons (optional)

Next time you’re passing by a store like Lowe’s or Home Depot, stop and ask if you can have some of their largest boxes for your toddler to play in. It’s easy to cut out a window and door, and your toddler will have hours of fun using their imagination. Add crayons so they can add a special touch to their fort.

Pro tip – Kiddie pools.

Kiddie pools are great for containing messes both indoors and outdoors. Fill a kiddie pool with water beads, beans, rice, or whatever else you can find in your home. I’ve even used it as a painting area and then just hosed my toddler off when the weather is nice. Easy-peasy.

These are my favorite type of activities outside of the regular coloring and stickers. My toddler gets bored easily, so I have to mix it up every now again. There are so many variations that can be done with just these three, and they are easy enough for me to handle.