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Crafting with the kids

by Kimberly Mears

You’re making a little something for gran with your little one for Mother’s Day. Sadly, your little one doesn’t mind what the finished product looks like on Pinterest, so things aren’t going to plan. It’s all a bit lopsided and what should look like a star looks a bit like a squirrel. Do you:

  1. Excuse your little one and do a little tidy-up to save the day
  2. Put your little one down for nap and start a new one solo
  3. Make your own ‘perfect’ one for you and let your little one carry on with their version own for gran 
  4. Disappointed with the result, vow to buy gran flowers instead

Much too often in the early years, I’d take over and the final outcome would be more my work than theirs, but with experience (and more sleep), I’ve become more patient and I realise that by creating my own version alongside my children, I’m able to be engaged with them, but not nearly so attached to the final product.

It’s with this insight that we decided to include enough materials for our Bumble Box families to make 4 worry dolls (October 2016), 4 origami medals (January 2016), four super hero masks (February 2016), four folding fans (July 2016), lots of clay baubles (November 2016), 4 dishes of microleaves (January 2017), 4 catapults (December 2015), lots of seedballs (April 2016), lots of playful puppets (February 2017)…the list goes on and on…our Bumble Box activities are designed to bring families together. But, it’s ok if mum and dad want to create their own 'perfect' versions…

In fact, we've received feedback from parents that they love that Bumble Box gives them an excuse to get creative and crafty since most of their day jobs don't involve a paintbrush. Need more convincing? Research says creating something and using the imagination helps us to cope with, where did that watercolour set go? :)

Kimberly is the founder of Bumble Box and writes about issues facing parents and their children.

Bumble Box family activity kits scale to include everyone in the family. We catch animals' footprints in the sand, give the trees a shake to see what's living in there, host a Family Olympics, plant a fairy garden, race homemade boats in the get the drift. Together, we'll make it through your family-time bucket list.

Bumble Box family activity kits make parents heroes.

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