Monday, July 9, 2012

Unschool Monday - Craft Day because we can!

I love crafting so you'd think I would do a lot of it with my children!
Unfortunately I used to find it mainly stressful.  Really it can take lot of planning, setting up and cleaning up for only a few minutes of involvement from toddler! As they grow however we are all getting a lot more out of it and I'm glad to say even I'm enjoying our crafts days!

They are usually based around something my kids are interested in, but not always for any specific learning reason as such.  That's the cool thing about unschooling, we get to do stuff just because we like it and think it's fun!

I saw a craft with lollipop/popsicle/craft sticks a while back and decided to give it a go ourselves.

First you soak your sticks until they are nice and soft, then you shape them into a bangle and let them dry.  This time I tied them around my bangle shaper I use in my little craft business, but I think next time it may just be easier to put them inside a cup or something similar.

Here's what they look like all dry and in shape
Then I put out a few things for the Littles to use to decorate them - paint, stickers, markers and some cute little wooden bugs I knew they would like.
 Of course they chose to use them all :)
 Evie watches her brother very carefully and almost replicates exactly what he does, it's sweet but I also look forward to when she starts doing her own thing!
 Our finished bangles

Showing them off

I'm joining in with Owlet's Unschool Mondays


  1. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing :D

  2. These are great! I think we'll have to try this one :)

  3. These are so gorgeous! Lots of fun! Thanks for joining in! xx