| ISSUE 11 • 24 SEPTEMBER 2006
Editorial: Why craft?
MAKE: a happy octopus
MAKE: some beady starfish
MAKE: simple sea urchins
5. MAKE: some swishy jellyfish
6. MAKE: a spongy crab
7. MAKE: a school of glittery fishies
8. MAKE: a fabulous underwater diorama
9. More underwater ideas
10. This week's featured subscriber's blog
|1. Editorial: Why craft?
Earlier this week, Claire at Kiddley posted a great article about finding time to do stuff with your kids.
As we all know, caring for little ones is hard work and sometimes it
can feel too difficult to attempt anything out of the ordinary. Claire
offers great advice on how to find the time and energy for crafting,
exploring, playing, cooking and experimenting.
At our place making time to do fun stuff is always a challenge, but in
the end I find that the benefits far outweigh any disruption or hassle.
Here are some good reasons why it's worth finding the time to craft
with your kids and how it can actually help your week to go smoothly.
1. Regular craft time gives your week added structure.
It may sound daunting but setting aside a specific time for craft each
day or each week can add valuable structure to your time with the kids.
And if you're having a bad day there's nothing like structure and
routine to help pass the time till dinner, bath and bed!
2. Craft projects teach children practical skills.
Crafting gives children the opportunity to learn new skills that they
might not otherwise come across. Simple tasks like punching holes in
paper or threading beads onto a pipecleaner are skills that require
learning and mastering through practice.
3. Crafting encourages kids to think creatively.
Crafting presents opportunities for kids to practice their problem
solving skills, and to think creatively and laterally about a specific
task. It also gives them ample opportunity to use their imagination.
4. Craft time means 'together time'.
Working on a craft project can give you and your little one the chance
to function as a team and bond. When Arky was a little baby and Ella
was feeling so very jealous, craft time (which always coincided with
the baby's nap time) became a special time for us to spend together.
5. Make craft work for you.
You can use a craft project to fill a difficult ten minute slot or to
occupy your kids for an entire afternoon. Tailor your craft projects to
suit your agenda.
6. Craft Is fun! Let's face it most kids love craft and, unlike pushing a swing for hours on end, it's fun for adults too!
Happy crafting and I'll see you next week!
|10. This week's featured subscriber's blog
"Chef Messy is a nickname affectionately given to me by Ryan. We made a
deal when we were first married that one of us would cook and the other
would clean up. I love to cook, and I generally make a huge mess of it,
so you can see how Ryan got the raw end of the deal. I am
scatterbrained, unorganized, I hate cleaning, and I flit from one
project to the next. I knew Chef Messy would be the perfect name for
the chronicles of my attempts at domesticity."
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