I have to admit, I’m not the best crafter. My poor kids tend to suffer because their mama never got the craft gene. I can do a few fun things with glitter and glue, but when it comes to elaborate crafts, I leave it to the professionals. What I am good at is making a mess, and cleaning it up. Here are 3 messy crafts for kids that our family enjoys, and my secret to cleaning up these messy, sticky and gooey crafts fast.
Mason Jar Circle Painting
This is about as simple as you can get with a craft, while letting the kids muck around in the paint. You’ll need:
Small mason jars
Place finger paint in disposable bowls. I like finger paint because it they DO get it on their hands, it’s easy to clean up. Let the kiddos dip the opening of the mason jar in the paint, and make circles on their construction paper. They can put as many circles as they want. The more circles, the better!
We love this messy craft because it uses items we have right in our house, and we tend to frame the best drawings and place them on the kids’ walls. The kids love when their hands get covered in chalk, but my cabinets, counters and floors don’t. Go figure. You’ll need:
Chalk of different colors
Black construction paper
Place the construction paper anywhere, and let the kids go at it. You can give them themes, or tell them to do as they please. Be prepared for a mess, though. While this craft is simple, that chalk powder gets all over the place.
Bubble Wrap Painting
OK, this messy craft is my favorite. Why? Because it uses bubble wrap! I also love this because I get to put bubble wrap on my kids’ feet and see them try to not pop it before we start the craft. They can never do it, and it makes me giggle every time. You’ll need.
2 to 4 feet of bubble wrap
Roll of drawing paper, or canvas
Rubber band (or tape)
Roll out enough drawing paper or canvas for your kids to take a few steps all over. Place very large dollops of each color of finger paint on the end of the paper (or canvas). Have your kiddo sit in a chair, then cover their feet with bubble wrap. Place rubber bands or tape around their ankles to secure the bubble wrap.
Now, the fun part. Let the kids step in the paint color of their choice, then step on a clean part of the paper or canvas. They’ll make different color “bubbles” on the paper. Be sure to remind them to take their time, so they don’t slip with the paint on their feet. Once they are done, cut off the part where you placed the dollops of paint, and viola! You have a bubble wrap masterpiece.
Now, here’s the deal. These crafts are so fun, but they DO make a mess. My secret to cleaning up all of that mess fast? Clorox Disinfecting Wipes with Micro-Scrubbers.
I love using the Clorox disinfecting wipes with micro-scrubbers for crafting messes because I can get up that sticky or dry paint with just a quick scrub. It’s textured for cleaning tough messes, which means I can let the kids go to town with these simple crafts and not worry about how to handle the aftermath.