Because things can get chaotic when the kids get creative, follow these quick craft tips to make sure everyone has a good, clean time!
1. Speak with the sitter
If the kids will be doing crafts with a sitter, first talk with the sitter to make sure she's up for it and knows what she's getting into.
2. Lay out the ground rules
Lay out the ground rules with the kids and sitter before they begin. Maybe crafts can only be done in the kitchen, they must put newspaper down so they don't stain the table or floor, or the kids must share supplies, etc.
3. Plan ahead
Know which crafts you want to do and determine your supplies beforehand so you don't run the risk of forgetting to check for glue or an equally important craft supply.
4. Buy extra supplies
Buy a little extra of the popular items (such as paper and glue) so they don't run out in the middle of craft time.
5. Clean as you work
Ask the sitter to clean as she goes, so you don't come home to a huge mess.
6. Plan for downtime
Have the sitter build in some downtime once the crafts are over so the kids aren't wound up when you get home.
7. Pick one craft
Don't do craft after craft—it can be overwhelming. Pick one craft and stick to it, or take breaks between crafts, judging how interested the kids are.
8. Get festive!
Put on some holiday music, have a holiday snack, wear a Santa hat—just have fun with it.
Help engage your sitter with your kids—when you ran out for last-minute holiday gifts—with these sensational crafts.