Open-ended Crafting

An invitation to create - open ended arts & crafts for kids.

There is a lot of negative feedback these days regarding crafting with children. I have been on the receiving end of some of this criticism. While I fully believe in the benefits of process art. I do not find anything wrong in doing arts and crafts with her too. We practice both. We have been painting, drawing and crafting together since before she was out of a high chair.


Through the years, we have worked with many different materials. In the beginning, I showed her many different crafts. If she was interested, we would work together and I would show her the different things that she could do. It opened her mind to many new options and ideas. My daughter has a beautifully creative mind. She draws freely everyday and paints pictures too, but still, she loves our craft time together.

Over the years, my daughter started to come up with many of our projects on her own. She has great ideas. I am sometimes in awe of the things that she comes up with. Check out the video I took of her latest idea.

Over the weekend, I filled up a tray with assorted craft supplies & just put them down on our craft table. Invitation accepted.


She jumped up and started grabbing at the supplies. “Mama, I need these,” she explained as she grabbed for the scissors. She started cutting and gluing and telling me all about her craft as created. She wanted to make a mama and baby alien.

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She gave her baby a button for a binky & debated on hair, but decided that she was going to have a bald baby.


She glued her little alien baby to her mama’s arms. “Isn’t she cute, mama?”


Next, she used magic markers to color in craft sticks and the cut foam pieces and glued them to her sticks with buttons.


She explained to me that this was her Kazoo store. That had me in stitches.


As usual, she was fascinating to watch.

She even made a bracelet out of a pipe cleaner and buttons for me.


I look forward to many more years of crafting, painting and exchanging ideas with my daughter.

Open Ended Arts & Crafts for kids - invitation to create

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Cardboard Art Display

Kid's Play & Art Room Display Wall

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It has been a long couple of months for my family. After months of construction, my husband’s childhood home was renovated. We were eager and ready to move into our new home. The majority of our holidays were spent moving furniture & boxes and unpacking. It was a lot of work, but it was so exciting to watch it all come together. There was none more excited than our daughter. She was ecstatic.

She has a lovely new bedroom & most excitingly, a playroom of her very own. Since my daughter loves arts & crafts, I just had to make a craft corner for her & if we are being honest, for me too.

I have always wanted a display area in our house to showcase my daughter’s artwork.  Mai loves showing off her most recent drawings or crafts & would often hang them on the refrigerator or tape them to the walls.

We have an abundance of cardboard boxes (obviously) & I wanted to put them to good use.

Cardboard Art Display

I drew out & cut the letters to spell the word create.


I used several different craft materials to decorate each letter. For the C, I covered it in pom poms using a glue gun. The R was made with school glue & glitter, the E was covered in buttons. The A was made with swirls of yarn, the T was covered in pieces of tissue paper & for the E, I just used paint. After each letter dried, I glued a strand of yarn around the edge.


Since we have new freshly painted walls, I hate to mar them up with nails or hooks. I am a huge fan of using 3M Command strips for displaying wall hangings & our family photos.


I hung our letters high up on the wall.



I cut another piece of cardboard into the shape of an artist’s palette & painted it white. When the white dried, I added splats of different colored paint around the edges. I lined the palette with yarn too.


I cut two paint brush sticks out of cardboard & painted them. Foam sheets were used to form the paint dipped bristles.


Clothespins were glued around the outside of the palette in between each color splat.


The palette was mounted under the letters using 3M strips again.

Mai picked out her favorite artwork & asked me to hang them on her new display board.

Kid's Playroom Art Display Wall

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