You might have a little spare time this summer and if you do you should consider teaching your kids some awesome crafts. You may not realize this, but participating in crafts can be absolutely fantastic for child development. Let’s look at some of the advantages and the way crafts help kids as well as some of the possible activities that you could try and teach them.
Following The Leader
It’s fair to say that when you’re playing with crafts, you need to follow the instructions or the advice as it’s laid out. If you don’t do this, the end result is just going to be one big mess. That’s particularly true with paper crafts. One wrong cut and instead of a cool cut out of spiders to hang on the wall for Halloween you have weird deformed creatures. Still cool for decoration but not quite as stylish. Kids will learn fast with crafts that sometimes following the rules and the guidelines laid out really is the best option.
Just Have A little Patience
You might want to try teaching your kids some sewing. If you do this, you’ll have two options. You can either go manual with a needle and thread or be a tad more exciting with a sewing machine. The impulse for kids here will be to race along with the sewing machine, getting the line down as quickly as possible. They will soon learn that this isn’t the best way to achieve a fantastic result and instead they have to be patient. If you’re buying a sewing machine for your home for crafts, you have a variety of options. Here’s why the Brother PE770 is one of the best embroidery sewing machines on the market. It operates a range of different speeds, and that makes it perfect for something like teaching kids or sewing products for your home business. It presents buyers with the best of both worlds.
If you let your mind wander when you’re completing a craft it’s not going to turn out as you want it to. As such, crafts with kids can help them boost their levels of concentration. They’ll learn that if they want a great outcome they have to be careful and that’s going to be a lesson that will be beneficial multiple times in life. At first, kids might need a few little nudges to stay focused. Particularly, with crafts that take a while such as painting.
You might wonder when you should start trying to get kids into crafts and the answer is as early as possible. Early tweens would be a great time because crafts like this help kids develop fine motor skills. As such, they will be able to handle more delicate tasks and improve cognitive skill too. Don’t forget, that crafts often involve problem-solving, figuring out how to get around an issue or correct a mistake that you made. It’s just one more skill that could be great for your child’s social development.
Tips to Reduce Waste at Children’s Parties
Between the invitations, wrapping paper, uneaten food, and disposable decorations, children’s parties can produce a large bundle of waste. While a good deal of this can be recycled, here are a few additional ideas to reduce the volume of waste at your child’s next birthday party.
To begin with, avoid the usual paper invitations. You might recycle them, but you don’t know that your guests are doing the same. Evites are just as effective, and you can personalize them any way you want! You can even create your own video invitation that can be shared and stored for future posterity. Instead of using traditional wrapping paper, encourage your little one’s guests to use sheets of newspaper or old magazines instead. If your child’s likeminded, you could even forego the traditional toys altogether, instead opting for experiential gifts or donations to non-profits.
Create reusable decorations.
What comes to mind when you think of traditional birthday party decorations? Chances are, it involves streamers, balloons, and banners that all end up in the trash at the end of the party. This year, try crafting reusable decorations that you can store and bring out for other occasions. Make a banner out of fabric that can be passed on to other family members, try decorating with DIY puff paint, or use twinkly lights that can be reused over the holiday season.
Choose a DIY-friendly theme.
Theme parties are always popular. If your child’s dead-set on a Superman or Star Wars party, you don’t have to necessarily go out and buy all of the branded paper items on sale at your local party store. Instead, you could get creative with the theme and use it as a basis for crafts and activities. Create your own dress-up photo booth, where you can let little ones make their own costumes and dress up in silly poses. Look up themed games to play rather than themed decorations. If you’re ever stuck for ideas, just check Pinterest. You’ll be bound to find something that fits!
Avoid disposable plates and cutlery.
Ditch the plastic plates and use real ones instead. If you’re running low, head to the nearest thrift store to get a full set for pennies. These can be saved or donated after use. Serve drinks in pretty jars, which is both on-trend and eco-friendly. Even small children can usually handle real plates and cups, and it makes them feel more grown-up to be given the chance to do so.
Get creative with party favours.
Instead of giving out a plastic bag filled with plastic toys that won’t last more than a day, think of other parting gifts you could give away. One idea if you’ve had a party that involves arts and crafts is that the guests get to leave with their creations. Whether it’s funny costumes from the photo booth or papier-mache masks, they might get greater use out of this type of favour! A book, art supplies, or even just a slice of birthday cake can also stand in for traditional party bags.
This post was created in collaboration with Funidelia
When you’re a parent, tasks which once upon a time were simple become increasingly difficult to do. It’s not because you’re any slower in yourself, or because you’ve forgotten how to do them – although we may think to ourselves that this is the case – but more often than not, it’s because you have a distraction in the form of a small human being constantly needing attention.
When you are putting time into cleaning and tidying, they rarely want to leave you alone and undo all of your hard work. So what can be done to help alleviate their boredom?
In Every Job that Must be Done There Is an Element of Fun
You find that fun and *snap*, the job’s a game. Mary Poppins speaks both sense and the truth – there is always fun to be found in whatever task you have set before you. If you are cleaning, invite them to race against you to see how fast you can get the job done. It can be something as simple as wetting down a window which is to be squeegeed, or brushing up bits into a dustpan. They’ll be tiring themselves out whilst they’re doing it and learning some valuable life lessons as they go – you can’t lose.
Look for the Bare Necessities
Are they bugging you for a reason? Do they need the toilet, are they hungry or thirsty? Or are they just bored? Follow Baloo the Bear’s advice and sort out your kid’s basic needs before setting yourself to task. It may be that they just want a cuddle or some reassurance before you get started, so set some time aside to make sure everything is A-OK with them before putting your mind to other things.
It means no worries – so take their mind off what you’re doing and distract them with fun and games. If they’re happy sitting down with their gadgets, head on over to https://getshowboxapp.com and see what films and shows are available to keep them entertained. Or you could keep it classic and crack out some board games – these are guaranteed to keep them busy for hours while you finish the tidying up. If you are clearing, try and steer away from anything that will add to the mess; avoid suggesting arts and crafts, for example, as this will just take more time to tidy up at the end and you will need to rely on other methods to keep them happy while you’re clearing yet again.
The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway
If you’re busy inside and have a secure garden, send the children out! Fresh air never did anyone any harm, and gloves, hats, scarves and coats were invented for a reason. There is so much to be explored outside and so much imagination for the little ones to use. Why let it go to waste? Kill two birds with one stone; while they’re outside having fun, get your jobs done as quickly as you can!
This is a collaborative post with Yourorganicchild.com
‘Tis the season to make things! When it comes to Christmas, there is a lot of temptation to buy everything new and shiny. But before you think about investing in a brand new Christmas tree, or buying a whole new collection of Christmas cards, save on the pennies and save the planet by creating a few of these!
Cardboard Christmas Tree
Yes, it may sound like something that could look incredibly tacky, but check this out! Here is how you make your own homemade Christmas tree.
You will need:
- Large pieces of cardboard.
- A rule.
- Glue or paperclips.
- As much decoration as you want for the tree.
- Using some large pieces of cardboard, draw a big isosceles triangle and divide them up into 25cm sections.
- Mark zig-zags by marking 5cm to the left and right on the big triangle on the line where it meets the divisions.
- After you have cut both sections out, on one of them, cut a slot nearly as wide as the thickness of your cardboard, right from the top to the middle. On the other cut from the middle to the bottom. You can slot them together, and they will stand on their own. If you find you need to put a bit more into keeping them slotted together, use some glue sticks or paperclips to give a bit more support.
- If you want to make extra levels to your tree, follow the previous steps and slot them together.
A tree isn’t complete without ornaments, and this is a very sparkly addition to your tree!
You will need:
- A styrofoam ball.
- A straight pin.
- A paperclip.
- Get the multicolored sequins and styrofoam ball and using a straight pin, push it through the middle of each sequin into the styrofoam ball.
- Repeat until you have a sparkly looking decoration!
- Using a paperclip, you can attach it to one of the sequins and hang it from your Christmas tree.
The traditional Christmas wreath, but with a more rustic and earthy feel, and best of all, it’s practically cost free!
You need the following:
- Pony beads (about 50).
- A wire hanger.
- White spray paint.
- Lots and lots of pinecones.
- Using glue, stick some pony beads to the top of each pinecone.
- Using the wire hanger stretched out into a circle, thread the pinecones through, arranging them as you see fit. Make sure that they are touching each other completely.
- Once you have finished threading the pinecones through, spray with a can of white or sparkling spray paint.
- Decorate with a bow at the top, and use the hook of the wire hanger to hang in your favorite place!
As you can see, Christmas doesn’t need to be a taxing and expensive affair. If you can get the family to sit together, making this will be a fantastic set of tasks to do together. And this is just the tip of the snowflake, there are so many other wonderful items you can make this Christmas. Go wild, and Merry Christmas!
I was recently sent out a copy of the new book for children called Curlee Girlee. It’s a nice hardcover book with the cutest illustrations and cutest story. It’s a nice story about accepting yourself for how you are and embracing your differences. I particularly loved the story because Curlee Girlee reminded me of my daughter who has very curly hair and other little girls would call her the curly hair girl. Any little girl (even straight haired ones) would love the story.
If you are in the New York area there is a Official Book launch event at Dylan’s Candy Bar on 3rd Ave on November 17,2016 There is a website to RSVP or if you want to learn more about Curlee Girlee. Visit Curleegirlee.com/
About the Author
Atara Twersky is an attorney and mother of three who divides her time between Manhattan and Long Island. Curlee Girlee was inspired by Atara’s daughter, and written to inspire her and all girls to love what makes them different and value their unique beauty.
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election activities for kids and Cat In The Hat
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