Trust me. I get it. Whether you're a stay-at-home parent, work-at-home parent, or do the 9-5 at the office, it's hard to find the motivation to do crafts with the kids. From finding the perfect Pinterest worthy project, to buying supplies, to finding a space to create in your home, the task can seem daunting even to the most relaxed and organized person. I can attest that it doesn't have to be!
Kids of all ages enjoy doing even the simplest most inexpensive crafts. Yes, you can splurge and go to the local craft store to buy all the latest and greatest supplies ($$$) OR you can simply use whatever items you already have at home. One of my four year old daughter's favorite activities is stamping on paper using celery and paint. We also often tear leftover tissue paper, scrap paper from other projects, greeting cards, etc. and glue the pieces to construction paper for a quick and easy collage. When you're on a budget, using household items is a great way to save money.
Sometimes the issue stems from your child not wanting/liking to get his/her hands dirty. Before we start any project I always set out a roll of paper towels and a container of wet wipes. Kids can easily clean themselves up and moms and dads can quickly take care of spills. Total win-win!
A lot of times it seems that there simply isn't enough available time for arts and crafts. I've learned that if your child has spent a solid 20-30 minutes on an activity, he/she has likely done as much "work" as he/she is willing/capable of completing at the time. If there are still more steps to complete, don't push the issue. Simply set it aside and bring it out the next day. Young kids rarely have the ability to focus on ANY task for more than half an hour so it's a great accomplishment if they decide to craft more.
Lastly, choose activities appropriate for your child's age and development. A preschooler will not likely be able to successfully create an origami crane, knit a hat, make a friendship bracelet, or do any activity that requires precise movement of his/her hands. Save your child and yourself the frustration and choose a simpler project. Stick to crafts that use larger embellishments, chunky handled paintbrushes, child size scissors, crayons, stickers, glue sticks, etc.
Don't be afraid to "mess up". There's no such thing as a perfect craft so don't stress yourself out trying to make one. Have fun and enjoy this special time with your child.