Let me create the mood and scene. The air smells of cinnamon, apple, pumpkin, and crunchy leaves. The sun light is coming thru the window and the air is crisp and cool. There is something delicious baking in the oven, again of the pumpkin variety. You have a hot tea or coffee in your hand. Your children are sitting nicely at the table, lingering after a meal. There they are at 10, 7, and 3 or 7 and 5. You want to freeze frame the moment while you can.
The other scene is of this note. Two of you are running out the door for dance. Another child is groaning at the table, doing her homework with your spouse. The only notable smell is of burnt toast and a bad mood. Life seems like it is just cruising by you and your family. You long for some real and enjoyable family time.
Doing a family craft can be a wonderful way to reconnect; slow down; and spend some quality time as a family. Even if you say you are not a craft person, today’s abundant choices that are offered online have something for everyone’s skill level and interest. There are numerous fall crafts for small children featured at All Kids Network. These cute themes and ideas are colorful and great ways to capture small people, with big imaginations. They are also a wonderful way to build fine motor skills, with the materials that are used. For an owl loving child, there is a beautiful and whimsical art project, made from many natural elements. You and your family can enjoy gathering leaves and acorns to construct this adorable, unique hanging owl for your home as described at HGTV Gardens. There are further craft ideas broken down by theme at DLTK Growing Together. From scarecrows to sunflowers, there are some fantastic ideas for family crafting here.
As they say when it comes to raising children, the days are long but the years are short. On those days when you would like to reconnect as a family and are tired of the same activities, consider doing a family craft. The rewards are numerous and immeasurable.