Before I had kids, I wouldn’t have really called myself a ‘crafty’ person, but actually that’s not true. I learnt to knit at a young age, I can sew and I like making things with my hands. Plus, I made three kids. That’s crafty, right? So in honour of my craftiness, I thought I would collate the few crafty posts I have on here, and perhaps it will inspire us to do a little more. So here they are- my five crafty projects for non-crafty parents. You’re welcome!
First up: I made a tree for my classroom. Back when I was teaching, we had a behaviour policy in the infants that involved a Thinking Tree. The idea was that the kids would go and sit under the tree and think about what they had done and what consequences were likely to occur following behaviour that wasn’t allowed in school. But I wanted my tree to be more than that. A class project. Something quite wonderful to look at when you entered the classroom. I wanted my tree to filter into lots of lessons and be a labour of love. And it was! I left for maternity leave after the first term after the tree was made and often wonder what happened to my tree… I might make another one.
The dinosaur table! Seeing as he is such a massive dinosaur fan, I wanted to provide The Preschooler with a bit of a landscape to play on. This was a really simple project that took no time at all and the result was really effective. The boulders were made from baked cotton wool balls (recipe here) and all that was required after the rest was a bit of imagination. We have plenty of that!
We also made a busy fence. This was a really fun project, inspired by lots of the busy boards I’d seen on Pinterest. The idea is to provide little hands with lots of different handles and buttons and fiddly bits to fiddle with and I wanted to take the activity outside. So I popped it all on the fence. So easy to do and such a great little alternative for the garden too.
Saltdough! We went a little saltdough crazy over Christmas, simply because it is SO easy to do. If you haven’t made any yet, I urge you to do so. Our saltdough beads are used so regularly in lots of our play and we plan to make more shapes soon. Stay tuned!
We’ve also made a solar system. Oh, yes. We used polysytrene shapes, glue and tissue paper. And it still hangs from the playroom and it is still awesome. Try it.
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