April 1, 2015
PART 2 READING AND CRAFTS
Linda M. Penn
How is the creativity coming? What wonderful creation have you and your child produced while on Spring Break? A sand castle at Destin? Sorry you can’t take that back home with you! However, your young one could write and draw about the experience in a journal! (Check back with my June, 2014 Blog - Reading and Writing Connections) Even if you didn’t hit the beach for Spring Break, there is always time for creativity.
In the March 1, 2015 Crafts and Reading – Part 1, I listed good and not so good reasons to do crafts with reading. If you didn’t have a chance to read that Blog, (or if you forgot what it said – hey, that’s okay!), please reread it before you go any further.
You might like to set aside a time once a week or once a month for doing a craft/reading project. Before you start, here are my suggestions for things to avoid and things to store in a flat type plastic container (for under the bed, out of the way storage!) You can’t have any crafts if you are not prepared. Also, your child may like doing crafts so much, he or she will start asking for that special “quality time” together with you.
THINGS TO AVOID
from my experiences with my own kids and at school – of course, you may have more patience than me!
Glitter – too messy
Markers – too messy
Colored pencils – never dark enough, and child gets frustrated easily
Rice – too messy
Beads – child gets frustrated easily
Lacing – child gets frustrated easily
Prepackaged “easy to make crafts” – age ranges on packages not always appropriate, usually very minimal directions, too much adult help needed, child gets frustrated easily
Paint- by- number sets – child gets frustrated easily
THINGS TO STORE IN PLASTIC CONTAINER
Better to have things in one box than all over the house and have to look for them. Start small and gradually add things to your container – too expensive to try to stock these things all at once!
Crayons - use jumbo size for preschoolers, a box of 16 crayons is fine, boxes of 32 and 64 crayons require too much time to make a decision. (You don’t want to spend all day on a project, do you?)
Toilet tissue and paper towel tubes
Brown paper lunch sacks
Dried lima beans – other beans are too small and child gets frustrated easily
Tacky glue/craft glue – glue sticks and regular Elmer’s glue are okay for some projects but if you really want something to stick, use tacky or craft glue.
Paint and paint brushes – use the largest size brushes for preschoolers. The small size paint sets with just a few colors of paint is great. (Remember – fewer colors = less time for decision on what color to use, plus, the less mixing of colors by your child which usually ends in an ugly color. Of course, you won’t say it’s ugly, will you?)
Paint with water books – great for preschoolers
Sheet of plastic – large enough to cover the space where you will be doing your craft
Paper plates – small and large size
Sturdy plastic bowls (strong enough to hold the water for child to rinse paint brush when changing colors of paint)
Clay – this allows for child to show Mom, Dad, grandparents, etc. what child created. The clay won’t get hard, like Play-Dough does. Clay is then reused for another project. Play-Dough is fine if the child understands it will have to be put back in the can and not saved to show someone later.
SORRY IF I HAVE OVERWHELMED YOU! TAKE A STEP BACK AND THINK SIMPLE!
NEXT MONTH – See you the first week of May –“MY FAVORITE GO TO SIMPLE CRAFT/READING PROJECTS - GUARANTEED!”
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