Motherhood

Crafts for Kids (Even for Uncrafty Moms)

I am hopelessly uncrafty. My boys have a box of crayons and will casually doodle sometimes, but we don’t really do art projects at home. (I wouldn’t know where to begin.) So when Seedling asked if we wanted to try one of their activity kits, we jumped at the chance…

They have tons of awesome kits—like superhero capes, tutus and birdhouses—and in the end, we chose to build a kite. We painted it (with glitter paint) and put the structure together.

Ta da!

We took the kite to Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo to give it a spin.

Although it wasn’t windy enough to fly too high, the boys got creative with the kite—Toby pretended he was walking a dog…

…then pulled it behind his scooter.

And Anton was happy to just bounce around with it.

It was such a fun afternoon, and I am completely inspired to try more of these arts and crafts with the boys.

Today, Seedling is giving away a $500 gift card. You can get activity kits (like this cool paint-your-own recorder or these break-your-own geodes), or great simple toys. This whoopie cushion might be Toby’s favorite gift of all time.

To enter, please visit seedling.com and sign up for a free account, then leave a comment below. A winner will be chosen tomorrow at random. Good luck! (Update: The winner has been emailed. Thanks for playing!)

Bonus for all readers: Get 25% off your order with code SEEDLINGPLAY, good through April 26th. One per customer. Thank you so much, Seedling!

(Photos by Nicki Sebastian for Cup of Jo. This post is sponsored by Seedling, a brand we are thrilled to have discovered. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Cup of Jo.)

  1. I love the geode kit!

  2. I am also very uncrafty! We would love to try something put together like this and be crafty :)

  3. Thank you for being honest about crafting with your kids. I have three boys, pregnant with my fourth boy, and it’s hard to find the time and patience to sit down and do any craft with them without complaining about the mess.

  4. Like you, I am not crafty at all. I have trouble being creative with legos! This site is heaven.

  5. so fun!

  6. Loving your jeans in this post! Will you share where theyre from?? Thanks!

  7. These are amazing!

  8. These kits looks like so much fun. I am not creative myself so love premade art kits

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  9. Playing is more than just a kid’s “job”, its an amazing discovery tool for kids and parents alike. What a great idea and giveaway!

  10. I signed up. I love their activity kits.
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  11. Love it! We love doing crafts and all kinds of projects, but with 5 kids it gets hard to pull everything out and get into it. Crafts kits to the rescue!

  12. would love to share with my school teacher sister

  13. cute! my kids would love these kits.

  14. Yes! My boys and I need more craft projects at home. Please:)

  15. I was just browsing that site the other day. Would love to win this!

  16. Fingers crossed! This is perfect for my niece and nephew.

  17. fun! what a cool company!

  18. thanks for sharing this website’s address. I am not crafty either, so that’s my chace to practice with my 4 year old :-)

  19. Such cute kits~ how would you choose!? My two boys would love this, and right in time for summer vacation :)

  20. This would be great for my babes!

  21. Thanks so much for this! I grew up with an incredibly crafty mother, always coming up with amazing things for us to create. I am hopelessly un-crafty so something like this seems just the thing to help my little one enjoy a little of the creativity I enjoyed as a child!

  22. I will need the whoopie cushion for my son and would love to win the giveaway!

  23. So happy to be introduced to this company. I see so many crafts I want to do with my grandson!

  24. what a splendid idea – I see so many things I want to do with my grandson!

  25. I had never heard of Seedling before this post and what a wonderful site! Plus, my little monkey is under 4yrs so we have many years ahead for kit-making and exploration–such a great rec, thank you!

  26. I want some of those paper dolls for myself!

  27. My kids would love that!!!

  28. i love to do these sorts of things with my nieces and nephews! what a fun giveaway!

  29. My new go to gift for kids!

  30. I love this idea. So much better than hoarding a bunch of craft supplies for years to come.

  31. Looks awesome!

  32. i love seedling! i recently ordered some things from them for my kid’s easter baskets and they loved everything!

  33. We do some crafty things at home, but I mostly leave those projects to my very, very crafty mother-in-law. I’d love to try out one of these kits!

  34. My kiddos would love this!!!

  35. so cute! nice work! i’d love some crafting help myself!

  36. Love it.

  37. These are fantastic- my 4 year old would flip over the recorder!

  38. Oh my little boys and I would just love this!! What a killer site, too. Our 40 fingers and toes are crossed! xx

  39. We just went to a kite festival so this would be perfect!

  40. I have to win this before my visit to my nephews’…

  41. I hope I’m not too late! I’d love to win this for my daughter!

  42. Fantastic idea! Would love to try!

  43. looks fun!!

  44. Great idea! These look fun. My 2.5 year old would love this.

  45. What a smart business and very creative. I would love to win the outdoor gear, like the gardening kit and bug in a box, to spend a sunny Spring in prospect park with my niece and nephew!

  46. dc says...

    Some great gifts for my crafty 7 year old niece Ella’s Birthday, thank you!

  47. my two year old is just getting into arts and crafts and i couldn’t be more stoked! this would be such great timing :)

  48. Just signed up! I love the “shop by age” categories. Perfect for gifting