Hi! Welcome back to Tips on Tuesdays. This week, the theme is our children. Please add your tips to the comments section below for everyone to read.
I've noticed that so many avid quilters in blogland tend to be stay at home moms. Being creative and productive while caring for our children makes us pretty handy multitaskers. I think of the special day where once per year you are supposed to "take your kids to work". Here it's 24/7.
I have three kids, and they love to watch me make things. They are my biggest fans. They also love to create, play, and hang out with me. Here's a little list of things that make them happy.
1. Using the lower half of the design wall for a flannel story board! My daughter will sit for hours with all the Little Bear characters I made her. She also has planets and some weather pieces. Older kids can cut out their own little clothing items to dress up flannel dolls. Lengths of yarn will stick too. They can make their own pictures. You can get flannel alphabets, or make simple shapes. The list is endless. They also like to arrange scraps and pretend they are designing their own quilt.
2. Pins. I know - 'bad mom'. But my kids love to pass me pins when I'm basting. They also love to move all the dress pins from one pincusion to another, one at a time. I have 200 pins. This is my 4 year old's favorite activity. Now that I don't have toddlers in the house, this is okay with me.
3. Scrap dress up. I have a lot of long strips. The kids have discovered that if you tie one end to the back of your pants, you can have a tail. They know where the strips are, and they chose the right tail for the right animal. Bigger pieces end up as capes or bonnets or blankets for stuffies & dolls.
4. Folding and sorting and rolling. You know, some kids just love to organize. There's a certain age where a child loves to arrange by color, and feels very proud after folding a whole stack of fabric squares all on their own, or rolling binding. And how can I not love that too? : )
5. The Spiderweb! Give your boy a ball of yarn or string and see what he does with it. One of mine strung it back and forth all over the stair railings. It was a giant spider web, and he filled it with plastic bugs. It was so awesome. My other boy took cheap red yard and did the same to our entire back yard. I'm sure the neighbors think we are strange, but it's so much fun for kids to unwind and see just how far that ball of yarn can go. They also made a zipline for their rescue heroes. Hours of fun!
So, moms (and grandmothers), what do your kids do in the sewing room? ***Do you have your own memories of being a child in a sewing room? Got any crafts or games with sewing room supplies? Let's hear your ideas!
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