I like the idea of having everyone in the family work on learning the same handicraft at a time. It just seems easier to plan and organize, and provides a family bonding time However, I am wondering how that has worked when you have children that are not interested in something. Right now, my 7 year old boy would love to learn to do anything with his hands. So I do not find that it will be a problem if we all do crocheting, but what about as he gets older. He may have an interest to do woodworking, and then my daughter not so much. How do all of you plan your handicrafts for the year when you have different ages of boys and girls?AmyParticipant
I do one handicraft per term. Last term we did weaving and all of my children enjoyed it. For our first term of next year, we plan to make items for our Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes, which might not be exactly a handicraft, but I figure we will be sewing and glueing, etc, so I’m calling it handicrafts. But again, all of my children will participate. I don’t put a huge emphasis on handicrafts, but I have found that after I introduce the one we are using for the term, the kids will pick it up time after time, especially if it was something they enjoyed.
We tend to be a crafty family, so I never have to make my kids do handicrafts or other types of crafts, they make them up themselves sometimes.
For instance, my dd10 is really into making items for her American Girl doll, and almost daily comes to show me what she has made. My ds8 is really into wooden craft sticks and has made airplanes, and robots, and yesterday, a cash register all on his own with no prompting from me. I just try to have creative items on hand and let them go with it.
I know it’s harder for some moms who don’t like a mess, or that don’t feel like they are creative themselves, but it is good for them to use their imagination, and figure out ways to make the items work the way they want them to. And my thought is that we are created in the image of God, who is the most creative being ever, so I’m sure we all have a bit of creativity in us, we sometimes just have to find it! 🙂HollySParticipant
We cover this like Amy. We may have a handicraft that we focus on for a term or year. Or we may do a group project on a topic we are studying or something of interest. My DC tend to do things on their own as well. Clay sculpting, origami, watercolors, drawing, etc. are all things they can easily do on their own. Sometimes they watch youtube videos for instruction. Last year Paper Sloyd was our handicraft. Once every week or two we completed a project from Paper Sloyd for Primary Grades (found in the public domain). We also did a few science projects, painted some suncatchers, and made a few Christmas crafts. That was pretty much all we did as a group.HollySParticipant
I forgot to add our current project! We are making a dollhouse! I’m doing most of the work, but they’ve been helping with sanding, painting, and planning what we’ll put in it. I’m thinking it will lead to other projects like weaving little rugs, assembling furniture from wood scraps, or sewing some curtains. This could keep us busy for quite some time. 🙂
Oftentimes, our projects “just for fun” come out better than the things I plan out, since they are really enthused about these. I was planning on making the house by myself, but they were so interested in it, that it became a family project.
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