Beating Vancouver weather: crafting with your kids

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Living in Vancouver means dreading rainy weekends. With a very active toddler, it can be hard to get through a dreary day  without any meltdowns. We usually spend a lot of our rainy days visiting Science World or the Aquarium, where there is space for kids to run about and fun things to do and see. Recently, I took to crafting with the little passenger  (especially this year as summer took a while to appear…) I would not consider myself a master crafter (Nolwenn is the artist here!) but I do enjoy dabbling with paint, glue, scissors and the such so it didn’t take much to get me excited about doing arts and crafts with my kid. It was also a great way for us to spend some time together, when he can get my full attention as we work away on a project. With a little brother taking up a lot of my time, it was a nice way to reconnect.

I’ve also noticed that activities such as finger painting can be a great way to channel negative energy in my kid. When a tantrum is on the horizon, it seems like sitting him down with some paper and a couple of cups of paint will turn an ugly meltdown into 15 minutes of peace. God knows I need it with a nursing baby who never seems to want to let go of my boobs!

A lot of fun crafty activities can be done with recycled material from home and don’t necessarily cost a lot. We recently made a rain stick with a leftover mailing tube, some nails and beans. Liam had a great time hammering the nails in and glueing paper around his creation.This type of activity really promotes concentration.

Another easy one was making a paper-maché hot air balloon. Most of the materials came from the Dollar store (a balloon, some colored tissue paper, a little basket…)


I get my crafting supplies from a variety of places, Dollar stores for basic materials, Michael’s or Opus  for specialized tools and art supplies and kid’s toy stores usually have basics  like paint and crayons.

Here a two of my favourite websites for crafting ideas:

The Imagination Tree

The Crafty Crow

We also try to incorporate some of the Montessori pedagogy when we craft and the following two blogs are a great source of inspiration. Both are written by French moms who use Montessori techniques with their children and are packed with great ideas:

A la Douce

Petit Homme

I also love walking by Christianne’s Lyceum on Alma and 9th avenue they always have lovely crafts hanging in their window, depending on the season it can also be a great source of ideas… Do you craft with your kids? Where do you get your inspiration from?

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  1. Crafting with kids can be such a great source of joy, as much for them than for us. We can teach them a bit of «art theory» all along, such as simple color theory, art movements as cubism. They usually love learning and then applying it themselves.
    At home, we recently created handmade journals with very few supplies, the girls DID the binding themselves and then had the freedom to do whatever they wanted in it (painting, drawing, collaging…).
    It also teaches them to be responsible (cleaning the brushes they use, being careful not to spill anything).

    I noticed that most of the times, we (parents) are the ones freaking out more easily 😉 So we do learn along the way as well.

    Thanks a lot for the resources Elodie, I am always looking for inspiration.

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