Emma turned nine years old this weekend, and one of her good friends gave her this Klutz String Art Kit. Emma was able to open the kit, read the instructions, and start making gifts for family members without needing any help from me. My favorite kind of craft kit is one where the kids can figure it out on their own, and this one was a definite hit! She made the whale above for Anna (she hung it in our play kitchen), and the heart below for me.
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I really like that the kit elements are simple – thick cardboard, pins, wrapping paper, and twine – so we can find more supplies for her to continue creating once she uses up the contents of her kit. I know that some people don’t like kits that come with templates like this one does, but I feel that using a template is a great way to learn art skills that can then be transferred to designs you come up with on your own. Most great artists – musicians, composers, painters, designers and actors – learn first by imitation and then add more and more of their own personal style and interpretation as they develop personal experience in their field.
There were a lot of really great ideas shared in last week’s linky! Here are two of my favorites:
- Make a Mandala from Highhill Homeschool – my kids enjoy coloring mandalas after school, and I think they will have fun making them as well!
- Multiplication cards from 3 Dinosaurs. I love how portable these are!
What after school learning and fun is your family enjoying? Share them here and I or one of the other linky hosts may feature your post next week and to pin it to our After School Activities board on Pinterest!