Crafty Confessions!

How competitive are we!  Apparently, half of British mums admit to taking over their children's crafty school projects, hoping to be the best.  And more than 1 in 10 parents admits staying up all night finishing off a craft project for their child.  I'm afraid the bad news is that teacher probably knows if junior has had a helping hand.  I well remember doing a 'design a room inside a shoe box' thing one Easter, and half of Year 4 coming back to me after the holiday with projects worthy of architectural design degrees!

Worse than being found out by 'miss', a shocking 1 in 10 parents asked will resort to devious means in order to get top marks for their child's projects, including bribery, sabotaging the competition and fighting with other parents!  But in our technocratic science-focussed world, a heartening three quarters of parents believe that participation in arts and crafts is important to children's development.  I heartily agree.

These findings come from new research by hand hygiene experts Cuticura, and reveal just what a competitive bunch modern parents are, and leading the pack of crafty confessors is actress and comedian Sally Phillips.   When she is not busy starring in prime-time sitcoms and writing critically acclaimed scripts, Sally is actively encouraging learning through play with her 3 children:

"Making something out of nothing brings a great sense of achievement for everyone. It is an outlet for creativity and self-expression, which brings with it the Holy Grail of a weekend afternoon – CALM! There’s been lots of research too that shows making things, (aside from destroying things, surely the most satisfying activity for kids) helps with all areas of learning. Encouraging the imagination breeds more fluent and flexible thinkers who are better at maths and literacy because they’ve got used to resolving problems in multiple way."

But Sally has also admitted to getting up to some off-screen creative mischief with her children’s crafty projects, whilst also admitting that she doesn't quite measure up to crafty goddess, Kirsty Allsopp!  But her child-free go at plate painting is rather funky, you must admit:

Education through play and learning is paramount to The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, who believe that every child has the right to be inspired by the arts.  Jeremy Newton, Chief Executive of The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts, says:

"Engaging with a variety of the arts from a young age has a hugely positive effect on children; nurturing vital skills like self-esteem, confidence and communication. By learning through play, we give children the best opportunity to learn, grow and achieve."

Cuticura is working with Sally Phillips and The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts as part of their Crafty Confessions campaign, so why not head over to to make your own Crafty Confession, for which Cuticura will donate £1 to The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts.  So tell us, what’s your crafty confession?