I was recently working on some different projects in my guest room/craft room when in wandered my youngest son who is 3 1/2. As we chatted I realized that it had been an awful long time since I'd done a craft with him. This year has been non-stop and with kindergarten pick-up midday and a new baby in the house which just hadn't left a lot of time (or energy) for fun stuff. I began to feel a little sad that the two of us hadn't done as many crafts as I did with his older brothers. So right then and there I opened up a drawer with all sorts of craft supplies and we began. No planning or prep. Nothing thought of in advance. We just started pulling out supplies and came up with something on the spot. We had a great time!
We ended up making some little stick puppets. We used popsicle sticks, googly eyes, tissue paper, construction paper, pipe cleaners, yarn, markers, and a little organza bag!
My son was so proud of these little puppets. He showed them to anyone who would look and listen to him. I guess what I learned is that you don't need a grand idea or even a ton of awesome supplies--just start creating and let your imagination run wild! Your children will thank you!