Hi all! Just wondering what great tips I can get from you for handicrafts. My kids are 7 (boy) and 4 (girl). We’ve tried woodworking, but dh really is not into it, so that is more off than on. What kinds of fun things have you tried?
Thanks so much.
ETA: Nevermind! I took a minute to look a little further down the page and found the “handicrafts” topic link! I hope my kids are becoming much better at paying attention and being observant than their mom!thepinkballerinaParticipant
I have 3 daughters, ages 7 yrs, 5 yrs, and 2 1/2 yrs. So far we’ve just practiced sewing. I cut out squares of felt to have them practices stitches. They make up their own pictures with thread, or sew on buttons. This school year we’ve made beanbags, a pincushion, and now a 9 patch quilt pillow. I end up doing a lot of the work because of their level of patience so I need to work on allowing them to do more but less work in a sitting. We plan to garden this spring/summer and I try to always include them weekly in baking/cooking, laundry, dishes, etc (life skills).
We have 11, 10, 8, 5, 3 & 11mo and we do things like really walking them through doing the laundry alone, folding clothes so it looks like they folded (not circled in a ball), we’ve done learning to sew a button on a shirt, (all boys here) archery, whittling, learning to draw, making knots, oragami, and taking photos. Just thought I’d through a couple out there!
I’m so glad that you mentioned doing laundry and folding clothes with boys. We have three boys, and we make this a huge part of their lives. Another important thing, besides basic housework, that we teach the boys is cooking. I think it’s so important that boys know how to cook, even the basics. We went through a two month period where the kids would alternate weeks, and one night during their week they were responsible for dinner. This meant they had to pick the meal, they had to help make the grocery list, come shopping at the store, etc.csmammaParticipant
When my ds’s were that age, they enjoyed latch-hooking. We bought the kits made for children. They were fairly simple and gave them a great feeling of accomplishment when they began to see their latch picture form. They turned their work into pillows, wall hangings or gave them as gifts.
I love the other ideas you’ve gotten so far!
Thank you everyone for these great ideas! I will be starting these asap!
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