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Crafts, Hobbies, & Home

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I have a confession to make: I’m actually not great at doing crafts with my kids. It’s not that I don’t love crafting or that I don’t realize the benefits of crafting for kids…But there’s a slew of other reasons craft-making (including sponge painting for kids) usually gets pushed to the bottom of my list. I’m not good at coming up with fun ideas…I don’t have time to buy the supplies…I don’t want to clean up yet another mess… However, when inspiration strikes—i.e. my kids come up with a craft on their own with stuff we have at home, or we receive a kit with a preprepped craft all ready to go—we are all over that like, well, a toddler on a tube of glitter glue. One of my closest friends is the exact opposite of me in this regard. In her home, every day is craft day. She even…