AU-PAIR: How to keep your host kids busy

I love love love being creative. I always loved it – as a kid, as a teen and now as an au-pair. Just making something new from different materials and different colors and textures makes me happy.

Since the beginning of my Au-Pair year I planned to do a lot of crafts with my kiddos. At the beginning I had lots of ideas, then during the months I have been a bit homesick and stuff, not so much and now, with the beginning of spring, my head is full of easter craft, planting and game ideas.

A few weeks ago, when I asked you to write me questions for my Au-pair Q&A, I received the question to talk about my craft ideas and ever since I wanted to make a whole blog post about it. So, that’s what you will read today 🙂

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Cards

You can do cards for literally everything. Their friend’s birthday party, tea party invitations for their stuffies, movie nights etc.

What I like to do is to give them a topic and material and then let them do whatever they want. I love it when you have a design in mind but kids make something totally different out of it. That’s the best.

 

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Paint and Canvas

My little one LOVES acrylic paint. It’s heaven for her and I love love love seeing her putting all the paint on canvas in her own way. I don’t know but having something painted on canvas is always something special, it was back when I was a child and even now. And when you write down the Date and the Name of the kid, then it’s the perfect memory.

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Garlands and Piñatas

I did the Pumpkin Piñata for my host kids birthday parties but I would say it would also be a great craft for a rainy theme day at home. My host kids helped me with putting the 10000 layers of newspapers on the balloon and well, of course, mod podge always mean a lot of fun 🙂

I love love love the garland we made recent fall, just because you can do it for every season and for every holiday. Back then we made a spooky Halloween one and just yesterday we did an easter one 🙂 I love using colorful paper, mod podge and tissue paper, ripped into little pieces – definitely a big recommendation!!

 

 

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Other Craft Ideas

The following crafts are all crafts which I wasn’t able to put into a category but still wanted to show you 🙂

So, I will just tell a little bit more about each project right under the pictures.

Processed with VSCO with m5 presetJust a few days ago we made these turtles because my host kids are OBSESSED with turtles. I think it is such a funny obsession and so I wanted them to have their own turtle pet 🙂 We used paper plates, ripped tissue paper and mod podge. And because I wanted them to have the real pet feeling, I made them little boxes with a water spot and some food 🙂

Processed with VSCO with m5 presetNot really a craft idea but always a good project to keep kids busy: building a fort. With some chairs, pillows and blankets you will have an amazing place to cuddle up, watch movies or read books 🙂

Making your own Play Dough is always a good idea. It’s super easy and you can use it for so much. You can find the recipe I tried and really liked right here.

Of course I want to give my host kids something small for easter, so I thought each of them can do their own little easter basket and before my parents come, I’ll take them and fill them up with some chocolate. I’ll tell them that it will take longer for the baskets to come back because the German easter bunny has to travel all way from Germany. Hopefully they’ll like it 🙂

My Tips

^ Create an Pinterest Account because that will be your dearest friend. Pinterest is for sure my go-to inspiration and you will find lots of crafts from my pin board I tried out recently. Pinterest is just the best. And, oh yes, my how to keep kids busy pin board for some inspiration 🙂

^ Use garbage bags as mats, so no paint or glue spills on the table and you can always reuse them.

^ What I like to do is organize every material for a craft. My kids love having everything organized in bowls and containers and it looks so much more professional and prepared and you can see more easily if something is missing.

^ If you have more (host) kids then you may prepare every child their own bowls with their own craft materials. Like this there is (hopefully) no fighting and kids loooove to have their own stuff 🙂

^ Let the kids pick material from outside by themselves. They’ll get more excited about using their own collected things and you can keep them busy like this 🙂

^ Another idea I love to do with my host kids is baking sugar cookies and decorate them after. But of course you can bake and cook whatever you want and whatever your host kids like 🙂

I really really hope you enjoyed this post and maybe got some inspiration for your own (host) kids, babysitter children or siblings.

Maybe there will be another edition of this blog post at the end of my stay, depends on how many crafts I will be doing with my host kids. Definitely tell me, if you like the idea or not 🙂

See you soon!

xo, Franziska

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