Study reveals THESE crafts distract your kids for up to 34 minutes!

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With many parents home schooling their children, it comes as no surprise that we are struggling to get that precious ‘me time’ more than ever. With this in mind, experts at were intrigued to find out which crafts will keep your child distracted the longest.

In order to do so, 1,635 parents were sent a range of popular craft activities, and were asked to time and record the noise level of their child whilst they were involved in each craft. The noise level reaching above 60 decibels (equivalent to an average conversation noise level) is an indicator that the child is no longer engrossed in the activity and the timer was stopped.*

The 10 crafts that keep your child distracted for longest:

Experts at can reveal the crafts that will keep your child distracted for an average of 20 minutes, in which time the child’s noise level remains below 60 decibels.

Chart A

Paper weaving stands as the craft that will keep your child distracted the longest. Whilst engaged in this activity, the noise level recorded remained under 60 decibels for an average of 34 minutes. Paper weaving is highly engaging for your child and great for building their motor skills.

Following closely behind is making slime, a new phenomenon that is a lot less messy than it sounds! This fun and creative craft engages all your child’s senses, keeping them quiet for an average of 33 minutes.


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Ranking third is origami a highly intricate craft. Origami is known to enhance spatial skills and memory. Whilst being engaged in origami, the participating children made less than 60 decibels of noise for an average of 31 minutes.


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Also among the top crafts to keep your child distracted the longest are: jewellery making (30 mins), painting rocks (29 mins) and filling clear bottles with coloured sand (27 mins), respectively ranking fourth, fifth and sixth.

The 10 crafts that keep your child distracted for the shortest time:

Chart B

Printing shapes stands as the least distracting craft – with the children’s noise levels reaching 60 decibels within an average of 8 minutes, 26 minutes faster than paper weaving.

Finger painting follows closely behind, with the average child distracted after 9 minutes of this craft – seemingly not worth the mess!

In joint third place are scoubidou and foam crafts, with the noise level recorded remaining under 60 decibels for an average of just 10 minutes each.

Expert reveals the benefits of crafts for your child

Stefan Gheorghe at discusses the three main benefits of crafts for your child:

Enhances decision-making skills: Crafts at any level involve a degree of critical thinking and planning. Solving these artistic challenges will improve your child’s ability to problem solve and make independent decisions.

Improves Self-Esteem: Creating something you’re proud of is an extremely uplifting and motivating feeling. Experiencing this through artistic expression is an amazing way for your child to feel confident in what they think and what they can produce.

Relaxation: Crafts are known to be relaxing as they tap into our imagination, which helps us to detach. Being relaxed is extremely important for a child’s concentration, something even more vital now many children are being schooled from home. Crafts are therefore a great way to break up their home-study schedule and keep them focused throughout the day.


  1. Experts at analysed popular parent forums and selected 27 common crafts for children.
  2. 1,635 parents, with children aged 6-10 years old, were sent the materials for each of the popular craft activities alongside a timer and a sound level metre.
  3. Parents were asked to stop the timer once the sound level reached 60 decibels (the sound of a normal conversation).
  4. Parents returned results to for analysis.


By Gretta Boyle, courtesy of