Crazy Crafts for Kids {spintop, wind catcher, kaleidoscope…oh my!}

Crazy Crafts for Kids

When you are a craft-challenged Mommy like me, you look to lots of places for inspiration. I have done lots of searches on Pinterest and Google and I am always watching the crafty bloggers for ideas. I am usually intimidated by their perfect-looking crafts and I just have to remind myself that I am not that person.

Sometimes when my boy and I are crafting, we are fighting off dogs, pushing toy piles out of the way, and searching all over the house for a piece of tape or that glue stick that we lost (or that the dogs ate) and we may be rushing to do "something" before bedtime or before we have to pick up Daddy because Mommy promised we would craft, but we forgot until the last minute.

I am not that mom who takes the time to prepare a crafting area or even have a crafting room. I don't have the patience and my boy doesn't either. He wants something quick and easy that results in something that he can show off to Daddy or Granny and Papa.

Sometimes, our crafts just show up at the doorstep, all neat and tidy in a box, with all the supplies we will need and we frantically open it and try to do what we can while Daddy cooks dinner and the dogs attack us because they want to go outside or come back in or go back outside…

Wait…what? All the supplies we need…at our doorstep? Yes, please!

Wummel Box monthly box

This is the box that we received from Wummel Box (minus the spintop package that you are about to see in action. I love that everything was included down to the crayons, glue stick, and scissors. Each bag is its own craft and if we were careful, we could save the bags for extra pieces. Here's how it all worked out:

Spintop craft from Wummel Box

How to Make a Spintop with Wummel

instructions for spinning top craft by Wummel Box

All of the instructions were included on a laminated card inside the bag for the spintop. They were even illustrated so my boy was able to follow them as I read. It was very simple, actually, and this craft was marked with minimal parental assistance needed.

making a spinning top by Wummel Box

The wooden top was included in the bag and my boy had no problems punching out the circles that would fit over the top. He wanted to cut something so bad so the scissors didn't leave his side. {there was no cutting required for the spintop craft}

different colors on the spinning top by Wummel Box

We each colored some circles and yes, this red and blue one was mine, not his, but it turned out to be his favorite. He colored some darker colors and made lines which were fun when the top was spinning, but not as much fun as seeing the red and blue mix together.

red and blue make purple spinning top by Wummel Box

It made purple! I actually couldn't believe that we made a craft that actually worked how it should, but with the easy instructions and all of the pieces pre-made for us…we had better get it right this time!

more inspiration for Wummel Box

I had planned to only do one craft per night so we would have something simple to do for three nights, but my boy had other plans. He gave me "those eyes" and asked for one more. Of course, these crafts were so easy that I agreed to ONE more.

Wind catcher craft from Wummel Box

How to Make a Wind Catcher {Mobile?} with Wummel

making a wind catcher with Wummel Box

I might as well tell you that our wind catcher (which is really a mobile, right?) is not finished and my boy is not as interested. If you notice from the previous picture, in the bottom corner Wummel has determined that this craft requires the most parental assistance. Basically, my boy was able to punch out some paper shapes, trace the shapes onto colorful transparent paper, and cut. 

 cutting shapes for the wind catcher by Wummel Box

However, he chose the star for his first shape and after attempting to cut for a little bit, he said, "my star looks creepy, mommy, you finish". Then he proceeded to use the arms of the wind catcher as drum sticks all over the table. He was slightly patient with me to cut out a couple more shapes, put together the arms of the wind catcher, and then tie them, but then he was done. Since he didn't consider this craft "done" (and since you can legitimately stamp "sucker" on my forehead) we decided to jump right into the next craft and do it all at once!

Kaleidoscope by Wummel Box

How to Make a Kaleidoscope with Wummel

kaleidoscope instructions by Wummel Box

I think that the kaleidoscope craft was our favorite craft in the box because it was interactive, we both were able to participate (almost equally) and it created a fun toy for the boy to play with over and over. There were several more steps to this one, but we had fun with it.

making a kaleidoscope with Wummel Box

Again, my boy was able to punch out the shapes needed for the different parts.

using the glue stick from Wummel Box

I folded up the edges of the black ring eye piece for him and showed him how it would fit on the cardboard tube. I had to tell him several times that we were not going to cut the tube (because of a different craft that I will show you next week) but then told him that there would be cutting later. He did have fun applying glue to it and then I held it in place on the tube while he moved on to the next step.

using the scissors from Wummel Box

He was excited to cut out the big square that would become the outside of the kaleidoscope. I was excited that it was a large square so it was easy for him to cut on the lines.

putting the sparkles in the kaleidoscope from Wummel Box

The kit came with a clear plastic "pill box" and an envelope of sparkles. We put the sparkles in the box, inserted a small circle of parchment-like paper, and glued it into the bottom of the tube. One step I left out in the pictures was a piece of reflective paper that was included in the kit. It had lines on it to fold into a triangle and insert into the tube. It rested on the other end of the tube, which held the black eye hole, and then kept the box of sparkles in place while we glued it.

How to make a kaleidoscope by Wummel Box

The last step was to enjoy the kaleidoscope and all of its colors. I was surprised that the sparkles were colorful inside the tube despite only being white. My boy was just happy to have a new kaleidoscope that he made! He ran into the bedroom to show Daddy and then tried it out on all different places of the house where there are different lights.

more inspiration from Wummel Box

On the back of each of the instruction cards are ideas for inspiration to further the learning from the craft. By the way, my boy loves the little mouse {I think that's Wummel} and his porcupine friend.

Wummelbox {monthly craft box subscription}


About Wummel Box

In a nutshell, it’s a monthly arts and crafts subscription for 3-7 year olds. Every month, you receive a box with 3 projects. It includes EVERYTHING that you need. The materials are high quality and mainly natural products. There is an indicator on every project that tells you the level of difficulty and how much parent involvement is needed. You can find some of their other crafts on Facebook as well.

Did you know that you could win a Wummel Box from me right now? Well, you can! Check out my #JustJanuary giveaway, learn about January holidays and special days, and enter to win. There will be five (5) winners!

Crazy Crafts for Kids {or whatever you want to call it}

Apparently, my Crazy Crafts for Kids series has inspired my friend Gena to craft like nobody's watching, and then post it for all to see, and she created a Police Badge craft in her new series Crafting with the Captain. She and I feel that even if your crafts aren't pin-worthy, the time spent with your child is much more important. I'm hoping others start joining us and posting their crafts as well. Call it what you want, but let me know so I can check it out, link it up, share it. If enough people are interested, I'll start a linky party! So…get your "crappy" craft on, people!

What did you craft with your child this week?!!


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  1. laura says:

    I love crafts that the child can do a lot themselves. The more I get involved the more I take over 🙂

  2. I am so happy to see others jumping on this bandwagon! I have a craft room that is currently in shambles and I can’t find a thing! Whoops!

    • janet says:

      I have a few rooms (okay, the whole house) that is in shambles…maybe I can make a giant trash collage next!

  3. Heather Carter says:

    This is now the second time I have heard of this box. I love the idea of a kit where its all together. I find stuff on Pinterest thinking that I want to make it. Then I have to go out and buy 800 different things and make a big initial investment for materials I may not use again for a while. (if they dont end up being destroyed- case in point I accidentally tipped a giant jar of martha stewart glitter off the top of my pantry 2 weeks ago and I am STILL finding glitter to clean!!!)

  4. Gena says:

    This looks so cute and I’m sure he had tons of fun! I love crafts like this! Thanks for the mention, can’t wait to craft some more with our crazy kids!! 🙂

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