If you are familiar with the Charlotte Mason method of homeschooling, I am sure you have heard about her desire for children to pursue a love and knowledge of handicrafts.
According to Charlotte Mason, handicrafts should be taught one at a time. The parent should instruct slowly and carefully while helping the child pay attention to detail. The quality and usefulness of the final product is important.
There are many ways to learn, and as a mom you do not have to be a pro at any or all of the handicrafts available. It is just important that you show your child an active desire to continue learning in you as well as equip your child with the proper resources to explore the world of handcrafts.
Learning a handicraft is beneficial to your child in many ways. Handicrafts can aid in your child developing proper coordination and fine motor skills. Handicrafts encourage productivity by keeping a child busy when they might otherwise feel bored. They can also be a great self-confidence booster. We all love learning something new, working hard at it, and seeing the fruit of our labor, don’t we?
Where can you learn handicrafts?
- Look at the library! There are quite a few great instructional books and videos to checkout for free.
- Explore YouTube together. I hop on YouTube all the time to find out how to do things around the house. There are many fantastic instructional videos for all types of things from knitting to soap making, and so much more!
- Check in with friends and family. My children have learned so many skills from their grandmother. Don’t forget to ask your church ladies as well!
- Don’t forget to take a look at SkillTrek. SkillTrek is so much fun and teaches children every day skills that are necessary for life and fun to learn. It is all online, so your child can learn at his or her own pace!
Hot Off the Press!
We have a brand new FREEBIE to share with you if you have a preschool that loves doing crafts and wants to learn how to sew. I have 5 daughters and they love making things and always beg to use my sewing machine.
Teach your child simple sewing skills using the new My Sew Simple Notebook.
There are lots of ways to utilize this fun activity download for your child:
For older children, practice pages can be used with a sewing machine. A child can practice hand-stitching around each design.
For preschoolers, try laminating the pages. Poke holes with a hole puncher evenly around each design and let your preschooler use a large plastic needle with yarn for a fun lacing activity. These pages make great fine motor skill practice even if just used as tracing pages with a pencil.
I do hope that you and your daughters enjoying sewing as much as mine do, and if not, have fun exploring the world of handicrafts until you do find the right kind of handicraft for your child’s personal interests.
We love sewing, but my son loves woodworking. What does your child enjoy? Let us know in the comments below!
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