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  1. So, I've used Shirley's Prepackaged Crafts on & off since dd#3 was about four years old. Easy-peasy because they arrived with everything you need (except for crayons, scissors, and glue) in one box every month for a relatively inexpensive amount of money. No planning on my part - just pull out the box, pick an activity and go. I went to buy a box for ds#1 for December ... and received the shocking news that they are closed. No more boxes for us. I've checked out a bunch of other places (Carol’s Affordable Curriculum, Kelly Kits, Learning Box Preschool, Kiwi Crate, Babba Boxes, Green Kid Crafts, Mother Goose Time, Grasshopper Kits, and Little Passports) & can't find anything like it. Anyone have other sites I can try? (No, a book from Amazon isn't what I'm looking for. I'm also not looking for a place where I have to print & pull things together on my own.) I'm not looking for anything too school-y. I don't need a preschool curriculum. Just some crafts for like three days a week. Not too expensive ($20/month is fine. $60 a month isn't.)
  2. I was reading the no money for christmas thread (and I am there since my separation) and I keep thinking that we need to share all the clever, inexpensive gift tutorials we see on the Internet. I'll start (and I'll add more because I have seen a bunch) with this: Felt Play Mat Felt Cookies & Cookie Jar (You could also add a Handmade Mouse Puppet & If You Give a Mouse a Cookie book) Turn a free cardboard box into something wonderful! (Lots of ideas)
  3. I'd like to incorporate some Waldorf-style crafts for the superficial reason that they are so pretty :) , and the slightly more respectable reasons that they are nature-oriented and fairly practical/functional -- it ties in nicely with our CM-ish nature studies and goals for handicrafts. I'm not sure how to best to add on, though, because our schedule is pretty full right now. Granted, "full" includes a generous dose of unstructured and outdoor play; but there isn't a LOT of room for more "structured" activities that require teaching & supervision. This is mainly for Button -- who likes beautiful things, and wants more art & esp. to learn to knit -- and the skills I develop should transfer well to the toddler, who is a Waldorf-friendly kind of guy. Button is very mathy and analytical; the little one is story-oriented and imaginative. At any rate: suggestions? I am thinking my best decision is btw. supplementing with Oak Meadow (but full curriculum, or just the crafts + process manuals?) or Christopherus (same question: go for the whole thing at age-level and pare what I don't want, or do manuals with the nature and skills I'm interested in?). My mental energy is in short supply right now so I am leaning toward something already-organized for me: I don't have the time to really learn how to apply Waldorf flexibly. Oak Meadow is here; Christopherus; Live Ed for other browsing Waldorf, and also A Little Garden Flower. Wee Folk Art has a lovely lesson plan for 3 seasons of work with the 4-6 yos.
  4. We lead our son's Cub Scout den and want to do a meeting on whittling (to earn the whittling chip). Does anyone know where we can buy whittling supplies (like blocks of soft balsa wood)? We will ask the boys to bring pocket knives but any other suggestions on how to get started would be much welcome. I am thinking just to look up simple instructions on whittling. We can also do ivory soap, but I thought the balsa wood would be good. I took a look at Michaels online and didn't see anything. Where else should I be looking? Thanks! Amy
  5. what do you make? The only sewing type craft I have ever done is cross-stitch and I made a few things. I sort of enjoyed it, but I didn't develop a passion for it. That was years ago. I would like to learn something, but I'm not sure what. My aunt does everything under the sun, including belonging to a spinning guild. She lives about 1.5 hours away but I could make a day trip out of it. But I need to decide what I want to learn. I love the idea of quilting but I'm afraid that will be too ambitious. But what would I make with other types of sewing projects? And what do you call crochet and knitting? Is that technically still sewing? signed, sew clueless :tongue_smilie:
  6. Everyone is talking about their reading plans for next year, but what about our creative craftiness? I really wanted to learn to crochet next year, but I've been looking at my badge blanket and feeling a smidge lazy about the ones that haven't been sewn on, and the ones that I clearly didn't sew on properly the first time. :glare: So I think I shall have to make sewing them on my challenge for the year. A badge a week! It'll be great! I'm also wanting to finish off my Christmas ornament advent calender because ds should be old enough to refrain from trashing it by this time next year. :rolleyes: I might even put some work into a UFO. I started making the quilt for my brother for his 21st and he's just turned 25. :leaving: What grand plans do you have? Rosie
  7. Here is the link: http://www.3ddigest.com/crafts/beaded-book-thongs.html Sometimes they are called book thongs which is kind of a skeevy name. :glare: They are really nice, though, and don't take too many materials to make.
  8. Which blogs inspire you to become a better homeschooler, try something new and/or push the limits of your own capabilities to teach?
  9. Which blogs inspire you to become a better homeschooler, try something new and/or push the limits of your own capabilities to teach?
  10. Do any of you do Waldorf style crafts? What is the best book to start with for learning about the whys and hows?
  11. I’ve written up a very detailed lesson plan for teaching Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for homeschoolers: http://www.knittedthoughts.com/2010/12/harry-potter-homeschool-craft.html I homeschool my own 2 daughters and teach a class on Harry Potter at the Huckleberry Center for Creative Learning and have had many discussions with parents about the series. The book (and movie) includes the rather difficult concept of “horcruxes†and this lesson (which includes a really nice writing component and craft) helps kids understand what Rowling is doing in this book and why it is so dark. The ultimate message of the series is actually quite life affirming and I think if your kids have read the book or seen the movie it’s important to discuss how the horcruxes lead to this ultimate message. My lesson plan is really fun for the kids and opens up a door for discussing these more difficult ideas. If you enjoy it and find it useful, please feel free to repost to facebook or other homeschooling forums or email it to anyone you think might benefit – homeschooled or not, this would be a fun craft and great educational opportunity for all kids. Enjoy! Holly Van Houten
  12. An incredible arts/crafts website http://www.thecraftyclassroom.com/ThemeJapaneseCrafts.html Crafts and Coloring http://www.crayola.com/free-coloring-pages/search.cfm?txt_search=japan http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/childrens_day_japan.htm Japan printables and coloring http://homeschooling.about.com/od/unitssubjgeog/ss/japanprint.htm Coloring pages (there are other countries too): http://www.supercoloring.com/pages/category/countries/japan/ http://www.coloring.ws/japan.htm Buddhist Pagoda http://www.supercoloring.com/pages/buddhist-pagoda-in-japan/ Samurai coloring page: http://www.doverpublications.com/funkits/samples/children16a.htm http://www.doverpublications.com/funkits/samples/children16c.htm The Great Wave Painting -- coloring page http://www.supercoloring.com/pages/the-great-wave-off-kanagawa-by-hokusai/ Red Fuji Painting -- coloring page http://www.supercoloring.com/pages/red-fuji-by-hokusai/
  13. I am wondering about art for my 4 yo dd versus coloring and crafts. I want her to enjoy being creative, not to be anxious to please. She was in preschool for 2 and 3 year old years, and recently, I gave her paints and told her to paint and she said, "what should I paint" and said her teachers told her what to paint. I believe this, they almost always sent home "cute" projects that she did not complete herself involving handprints, etc and the elephants were always gray, the apples were always red. I am not so much worried about her skill level, and I let her just play with the paints because I know that's important too. I also haven't pushed "coloring in the lines," although I know that's an important fine-motor skill. I'm not looking for a curriculum to be the answer to my questions, but I want to encourage her creativity and I REALLY don't like crafts where everyone's looks the same and the kids can do little of the work themselves. I'd rather her work hard on something that's nearly unrecognizable, but that she planned and executed, than something "cute" she was just the vehicle for completing. Thoughts?
  14. I'm excited to read what everyone has been working on this week. If you didn't do this last week, feel free to jump in and post what projects you've been working on or got done this week. Anything from crafts to baking to organizing your desk or finally cleaning out your closet counts! It even counts if you didn't quite get it done, as long as you worked on it! :) I got a little bit of work done on my quilt, there are pictures posted on my project blog. I Hope to have some American Girl doll clothes done for this week.
  15. I haven't seen an update for the Project A Week Challege (talked about here) But I was really motivated by it and finished up an old project and even started a blog to keep track of it all. So, here is my Project #1. Perhaps there are others out there who will share their projects too -- I'd love to see them! And I'd love to have visitors to my new blog, too! ;)
  16. i have a very-easily frustrated DS who LOVES to do artsy/crafty things (more than mama does!) .... and a preK'er who has great fine motor skills but not much attention span. what kinds of handicrafts would you recommend or have you done? i bought a simple little pot-holder loom and tried it back in the late winter/early spring. it didn't go so well . . . on a scale of 1-10, it was a 4. too much "mommy-sit-here-with-me and help" for my taste. what's reasonable for these ages?
  17. Okay, it's not that I don't like them. I'm actually pretty artistic. I'm just more mental than hands-on. I'm also very slow and methodical, so a supposedly 30 minute or hour long craft can take up an entire school morning. I used the AG (activity guide) for SOTW 1 this year but since we were cramming it all into one semester (DD6 asked me to homeschool her mid-year), we didn't have time to do the activities, and per the above, I wasn't too motivated. We also were always missing at least one of the supplies needed. DD6 is very artistic but is usually content with drawing, painting, etc. Though she does enjoying making things at times, she wasn't too interested in most of the project ideas. The cave painting way back at the beginning was our greatest achievement :lol: Although this coming school year we can move more slowly and I can plan better (i.e. buy supplies), I'm leaning heavily toward not ordering the AG for SOTW 2 and just making up my own questions plus supplementing with literature and map stuff. My dilemma is that I'm going to start DD4 in early kindergarten and she absolutely loves all the arts and crafts they do in her preschool. Though my tendency is to focus on the academic (I posted to the other board about both my girls being accelerated readers/writers), I want to keep fostering her creativity and make this an enjoyable experience for her. I'm concerned about how I'm going to teach second grade while doing hands-on projects (and some academics) with my kindgartener, since multi-tasking is also very challenging for me. Can anyone recommend any resources or curriculum or ideas? My main comfort right now is from knowing that it will be okay to work at a slower pace than we've been and that my 2.5 year old son will take DD4's place in preschool (outside the home) three mornings a week! :)
  18. I hate doing crafts. I hate doing scrap books. I hate making homemade cards. I am cheap. With that said, I would like to preserve a few (few) mementos for my kids in some sort of scrapbook form. I know nothing about scrapbooks. Nothing. I saw one, once. So, for those of you who DO know about scrapbooks, what could I do to make a small, cheap, easy scrapbook without fancy stuff in in? The only idea I have is to tape my papers onto construction paper and staple the whole shebang together. (I know, I know. That's not a good idea, which is why I'm posting!) What other options are there? (And where do you go to get the stuff?) Thanks!
  19. OK, I know I've posted on this before, but I am a dummy. I can't find the best/easiest sock patterns. On the net I can find toe-up, toe-down, knit flat, etc, etc... but I simply don't know enough about them to pick which one is best for a novice! I've done my homework in the past month-- I've now made four, yes, four dishclothes of a variety of patterns--I can knit, purl, yarn over in a variety of ways, left twist, right twist, etc. So I'm a beginner, but now I have a variety of stitches down well in the flat. Please, please, please think I am a very dull girl indeed, and give me some clear advice--which is the best sock pattern to start with? (I'll take it as read that this is just your opinion, etc). I've gotten so many ideas and links and I don't have the experience to choose. So all you advanced folks pick for me, and I'll start! Here is what I have: double ended needles sized 2 self-striping sock yarn a small circular needle (9 inches?), sized 2 What I want: to make socks, don't need to have a fancy pattern (plain flat socks are fine), using my double needles preferably--or the small circular one if I don't have to make 2 at once, which makes my head spin I have no idea what size they will turn out, or how to gauge that, and at this point I'll make any sized socks for any sized person, as long as the pattern is simple.
  20. I'm starting in on my homemade Christmas gifts. So far I have a fabric beach ball for my baby, a gourd birdhouse for my grandmother, a wonky log cabin table runner. I made a quilt top for my Mom - it's at the quilter's house waiting for me to select a backing fabric. Oh, and thanks to Tracy in KY, I bought a Knifty Knitter and have started on some scarfs. Let me tell you, I know the basics for a sewing machine, but I have NO skill with knitting or crochet. The Knifty Knitter is so easy and fun! Even my DH was impressed because my hats have turned out so well, and well, let's just say that he's used to laughing at my attempts at crafting. I'd love to hear your plans. I still have some people that need gifts. What are you making/sewing/crafting?
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