Crafting with Children
On this page: felting kits, knitting kits, braiding
kits, toymaking with children
Teaching your children (or yourself!) the hand-eye coordination skills involved in crafts has so many benefits. Besides the satisfaction of actually creating something new, it increases our interaction and understanding of the world on a number of levels (see article on curriculum). It has been shown to increase intelligence in seemingly unrelated areas. Recent brain research has shown that knitting and crocheting actually produce much of the same beneficial stress reductions physiologically in the body as meditation or yoga practice. Wow!
It doesn't have to be hard to start. On this page, we've compiled in one spot what we offer for kids and beginners. Pick a simple knitting or corking kit (Corking is the British word for spool knitting). Many of our books offer wonderful projects to do with your children. "Toymaking with Children", is especially good and are below, as well as on our 'Books' page to the left. We have some new titles in on felting with kids.
I'd recommmend starting with any of the felting kits, or the knitting spool and "Corking" book. By second grade age, your child is probably ready to knit and do simple sewing projects. Our knitting book and yarn kit is a good start - offering explicit knitting directions, project ideas, and a starter pack of yarns.
Crafting Books for kids
Felt bead jewelry kits
Jazzy Beaded felted bead bracelet kit
Beaded wool beads in Art Deco colors make a quick and fun bracelet. Beads, elastic, needle and instructions included. Ages 5 and up done with an adult, ages 8 and up independently.
#819 - felted jewelry kit - $5.29
Easy felting kits
Notched high density foam board for making kumihimo braids. Includes instructions for various braids. For ages 7 and older.
#110 - Braiding Disk - $3.95
Option: add a color palette to play with. 36 ten yard skeins of cotton craft thread, perfect for braiding card projects - $5.50.
Also available with pack of 25 plastic bobbins to keep your threads from tangling - add $1.50.
Knitting and spool knitting
The first two kits include "how to knit" instructions, knitting needles, and all materials to complete garter stitch projects for beginners. The spool knitting kit introduces the principles of knitting in a traditional way.