Craftivity Corner

Creative crafts, book suggestions, and tips to make time for learning in your busy day.



mouse's picture mouse

If there's one thing I've learned from the movies, it's that you need to steal a set of mint plates, particularly when their in-transit to a new location. Makes them more vulnerable.

I've started to think about new craft activities for the summer since we've purposely under-scheduled Scooter this summer. He doesn't have a lot of patience for anything that takes a while and isn't his idea. We just got a couple science fair books from the library, and I think a good chunk of our craftiness (and the attendant fine-motor skills, the sneaky reason I want to do something like this regularly) will revolve around making items that we can then observe in a scientific manner.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

After the project "failed" L. went online and found more photos of $100 bills. He printed them out, pasted them together, and created a stack of bills. So I think that satisfied his energies for the time being! Let me know if you hit on good science projects--we're coming up with a list of ones as well.

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

Great project! I know exactly what you mean about age/gender differences. B is slowly becoming a true school-ager, not wanting to do "baby stuff" any more. Our little guy is just three and enjoys a variety of projects, but gets frustrated when he can't do the same things as his big sister (writing letters, for example). I'm hoping to really do some learning like you described here - this summer. I want to be a more engaged parent, doing more planned projects and crafts. I agree with you that it's the very best way to enrich a mind! I just have to become more patient when working with my kids, and less controlling!

Have you heard of Marcia Tate's book - Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites? It made me think of you. She's presenting to a local school district (not mine) next fall.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I have NOT heard of that book! That sounds like a good one for me--summer reading for sure. We're headed to the library tomorrow and I'll look it up.

beck's picture beck

On the Max and Ruby site, you can print out play money. Of course, it has Max and Ruby on it, but my kids like it.
One of my kids gets confused with Monopoly money and real money. The Monopoly guy and the Queen = the same person.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

The Max and Ruby $$ wouldn't be realistic enough for L., I know that for sure--but T. would get a laugh out of it! When L. was much smaller, and didn't understand the inner workings of the monetary system we live in, he used to think we could just print out our own money off the computer and spend that!