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I absolutely LOVE to craft with my kids. When I start on a project and they sit down next to me with their paint, paper, pencils and of course their ever loved stickers, it just melts my heart that their creativity is at use. I think that it’s so super important that kids are able to learn how to craft, create, and more importantly use their imagination to come up with projects to make.
The other day I let them put that creativity to work and make the project of their choice. We opened up Fiskar’s project gallery to let them pick what they wanted to make. They both immediately agreed that a kite would be PERFECT! So we headed to the store to get the items. I decided to incooperate the craft into homeschooling, and this would be the perfect time to introduce the use of scissors.
They are still young, so grasping the open and shut concept was hard for them. Luckily Fiskars has easy help ones just for preschool age kids!
Making the kites was really easy for their level, and so much fun. Each one definitely turned out to be like their personality. We started by gluing 2 craft sticks to a piece of construction paper in a “t” shape.
Drawing a line around the kite helped the kids practice their straight lines, and also gave them a template for cutting.
This was the kids’ favorite part. They had picked their own stickers to decorate with. Each of them covered both sides of their kites with the stickers, then got sad when they wouldn’t all fit. I see more kite making in our future!
Once they were done decorating, we made the tail of the kite using some scrap ribbon we had, and using some washi tape, attached it to the back of the kite.
Then we used an adhesive magnet on the back of the kite, so that they could hang it up on the fridge. A great way to display all your kids’ artwork and crafts is to put a magnet on and hang it on the fridge.
When I had the opportunity to learn about the #fiskars4kids Champions for Kids service project, I knew I wanted my kids to participate. This wasn’t for me, I wanted my children to realize that not everyone has the same opportunities and privileges that we have. Some kids don’t get to just go to the store and buy a new glue stick when they needed to, and having a package of colored pencils just wasn’t an option for others. We are slowly teaching them about the concept of money, and this was a great way to help them realize why working, earning, and saving money was important.
We went to Walmart to collect the beginning of our donation items. The kids LOVED the Fiskars scissors that had the caps on them to protect the “pointy part” of the scissors. The Little Man shouted out, in the middle of the store, “MOM, these are perfect for old people like you”! haha. The kid thinks that I’m 5 years old.
Each of the kids got to pick their favorite colors of scissors to donate, and of course Baby Girl Barker went for just Pinks and Purples. Even getting her to hold a blue pair was worse than giving her medicine (and that’s HARD)
I had a yard sale, and we used this time to collect other crafting supplies that anyone might have and not want, or purchase and wanted to donate to the school! We ended up with 2 big grocery bags full just from that day. Paper, stickers, stamps and more!!
Since we were heading out of town again, up to my parents house, I decided it would be a perfect time to take the kiddos on a field trip to MY Elementary School, and donate to one of the teachers that we knew there! Valley View was my school for 7 years, and although they’ve added on to it, the school looks so much the same. The memories came flooding back as I walked those halls, and I almost got emotional thinking of the memories my kids would be making in their own school years.
It was fun to see the kids in action. Learning, chatting, and interacting with one another. I remember those days when everyone was equal. Didn’t really matter what color your hair was, if it was curled or in a pony tail, or if you had a pink mechanical pencil or had a yellow one you had to sharpen yourself. The kids are just being kids, and learning as much as possible.
My kiddos got to hang out and use some of their current supplies to make bookmarks. This kept them entertained while the students were practicing their cursive!
We loved being able to present Mrs Nicole Sperry with all the new crafting supplies! The Little Man got to tell her the color of scissors he picked out, and what his favorite colored pencils were!!! I think they really enjoyed being able to give and donate to others.
Would you like to donate, or participate in the #cfk Champions for Kids service of the month? Head over to their site to learn more.