Happy Friday, Friends! I am honored to be part of It’s All About The Kids Craft Blogging Event, hosted by SewCalGal! I am particularly excited to be part of the hop because as you know, Miss Baby, has been a huge part of my life — and as a result, my blog.
I think the medium of crafting can vary when crafting with kids. This post documents a bit about my crafting experience with Miss Baby starting when she was about 2 till the present. Besides being fun, crafting with children is great for building relationships as well as teaching useful skills.
My crafting experience with Miss Baby started out with paper and stickers.
1. Teaching fall colors, handling glue stick and paper pieces – this project was done before Miss Baby turned 2. You can see that at this point it was a “monkey see monkey do operation” with the sample on the side that I had made.
2. Teaching following instructions through the alphabets and concept of stickers using sticky foamies. That snowman project was about the time when we introduced crayons at our house. These projects were also done before Miss Baby turned 2.
3. Teaching sizes from big to small using a muffin linen cup Christmas tree craft – we repeated the project two years in a row because the project made such an impression on Miss Baby. The good thing about this craft project is that Miss Baby was able to disassemble the tree and reassemble the tree over and over again.
4. Teaching pattern – a paper quilt with crayons and stickers.
5. Card making – Miss Baby did this with the shapes I drew and cut for her two summers ago. You can see here Miss Baby is starting to write down her thoughts!
PAINTING AND DRAWING
I make sure Miss Baby always has drawing tools (pencils, pens, crayons, paints, markers etc) ever since she was old enough to scribble.
3. Drawing – I started asking Miss Baby to use stories for her drawings.
Summer 2013 / Noah’s Ark
Spring 2013 / Peter Rabbit (you remember that scene where Peter Rabbit was stuck at Mr. McGregor’s garden?)
Here are a few she did just within the last week or so.
Miss Baby Fishing:
NEEDLE AND THREAD
I find that crafting with Miss Baby was limited to paper, stickers and crayon for a while until she was old enough to tackle the needle and thread. I am not quite comfortable with Miss Baby using the sewing machine. So, this year I started her only on handsewing.
1. Random sewing of buttons to teach the mechanism of stitch formation through the up and down of needle.
2. Uniform stitching to teach patterns, counting and patience – although Miss Baby didn’t have too much trouble with the patience part! Click here and here to read more about how to prepare the projects for a child.
Miss Baby’s first “real” cross stitch finish, August 2014:
Miss Baby’s second cross stitch finish, September 2014:
We currently have a couple of work-in-progress projects. So stay tuned for more details. :)
I am passionate about passing down the love of crafting to the next generation. The process is most gratifying to both the parent and the child, and most importantly, it is building a treasury of memories to be passed down to generations in the future — when Miss Baby is able to tell her kids and grandkids how she remembers crafting with me!
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Thank you for stopping by. Have a most lovely weekend.
I realized it’s October 31 today — I think there are going to be a lot of happily “candy-coated” children!!! :) It’s a bit strange, but Miss Baby does not eat candies. But she gets most offended if she is not given her fair share. She brought home about two pounds of candies last night from church, and never even bother to taste a piece from her stash.