I’ll be the first to tell you that I do not really enjoy crafting, and unfortunately it seems like kids love crafting. But, the mess kids make while crafting and creating stresses me out! It’s why we eventually did preschool without crafts last year (or without nearly as many as outlined in our curriculum).
There’s other problems I have with kids crafts as well, mainly that at the end it needs to look a certain way to be, well, Pinterest or Instagram worthy, which often implies a very hands on mom, which can take away the joy of it from my kids, and certainly the joy of it away from me.
When it is nap time for my two youngest, it is quiet time for my twin five year old girls. I like to do some work during this time and require my girls to find something quiet to do that is not a movie or tablet.We recently tried out this great new product called Bunchems. My girls and I love them! While it comes with instructions on how to make various creatures, it is completely open-ended, and the product isn’t messy. Clean up is simple and quick. This means no stress creating! No stress play! It’s a great quiet time activity for my children.Bunchems are these small colorful, burr-like plastic balls that you squish, connect, and create 3D objects with. They stick and stay, yet pull apart really easily to create another animal or car or whatever. The Bunchems Mega Pack allows you to build 36 different creations like owls, bears, octopi, cars, monkeys, and more. Eyeballs, beaks, hats, wings, noses, and more are included in the pack to bring the creations to life. The video tutorials are super helpful if you want to actually make one of the creations on the instructions.Practicing patterns, fine motor skills, and employing creativity, the three of us really enjoyed playing with these!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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