Keep the young'uns happy with kits!
I don't know about you, but I loved doing crafts as a kid! How can you encourage a love of Making in your children? Here are some ideas:
1. Be a crafter! Of course, if you're reading this newsletter, chances are high that you already knit, crochet, weave, sew, quilt, or do other crafts. Don't wait until the kids are in bed to work on your crafts. Instead, work on something that's not too involved while the kids watch. Model the behavior you want them to emulate.
2. Set aside family crafting time! Make time on a weekly or monthly basis to craft together as a family. Make tassels to hang on the doorknobs; color and bake shrink plastic for keychains and fridge magnets; create some DIY fidget toys. Here are some cool ideas from Parents Magazine!
3. Give them craft supplies! Set aside a space for craft supplies that they're allowed to do without help. Depending on your family's needs, this could be a whole closet, or just a bin of craft supplies. Include paper, kid-safe and age-appropriate scissors, crayons, water-soluble glue, wash-off markers, popsicle sticks, old magazines or mailers, and of course - yarn!
4. Kits! I learned embroidery, simple weaving, paper doll making, wood crafts, and even soldering and wiring from kits. They make it easy for kids (and adults!) to learn something new, with the confidence that they have all the materials and instructions they need.
5. Have fun! Play with colors and shapes and don't worry about perfection! Show them your pride in their creations by actually using them - wear the paper chain necklace on a Zoom call, hold napkins on the table with their clay paperweight - show them that the things they make are valuable to their family and they'll be makers forever!
Of course, Yarnivore is here to help. We've created a category on our online store just for kid-friendly craft supplies and kits. Kits like Harrisville Designs Peg Loom provide all the tools and supplies you need to try weaving. We also have Strung by Shawn string art kits and Harrisville Designs Latch Hooking kits. Already have plenty of yarn? Check out the Knitting Board knitting looms or Bluebonnet Crafter's Turtle Looms.
Above all, have fun with your kids!
Be well, be safe, be kind!
-Caryn & the Yarnivore crew
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