15-Minute Mother: Sand Mask

Djeco Sand Masks
Take 15 minutes ­– an achievable amount of time to fit into the cracks of a day – and fully engage in the shared pursuit of creating/building/making or doing something. Just one rule, switch off your phone. Afterwards the children will be satisfied and you’ll be able to get on with the necessities, minus the self-reproach.
Deco Sand Masks


Djeco Sand Masks

How much: £15.29

Essentially art by numbers, this activity is great for confidence, allowing aspiring artists to create a final piece worthy of the bedroom wall without too much effort. The set includes five glue-coated illustrations (backed with numbered, peel-off sections), 16 brightly coloured sand tubes and some easy-to-follow pictorial instructions. Simply peel off all the matching numbers to reveal the sticky backing, find the sand pot that correlates and pour it over the exposed sections of the image. Then onto the next number, etc.

As the picture builds, so too does the excitement and in less than fifteen minutes he’ll have created a vivid, African masterpiece deserved of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from all present. For parents this ticks the box of sand and glitter without the mess, thanks to the ingenious packaging, which allows you to pour the sand straight back into the tube before it hits the floor (always a winner in our house). The box says 9-15 years, I object. Children as young as four will enjoy this just as much.

Top Tip: Frame a finished piece as a personalised birthday gift.

Sarah Hall is a freelance writer and advertising copywriter. She has three children, two girls aged 6 and 2, and a boy aged 4. Her New Year’s resolution is to throw herself into an unforgiving training schedule in order to survive a Tough Mudder in May.

Do you have any tried and tested arts and crafts that take 15 minutes or less that you can recommend to our readers?