Welcome to Day #7 of my 10-day series, "Screen-Free Family Activities".
Handicraft. It's not a commonly-used word these days. Many homeschoolers know what it is, particularly those using the Charlotte Mason method of education. But for the most part, it's a "lost" word. So let us first define it.
- A particular skill of making decorative objects by hand.
- An object made using a skill of this kind.
Charlotte Mason believed that children should be trained in handicrafts, skills which they could use for the rest of their lives.
"The children should not “be employed in making futilities such as pea and stick work, paper mats, and the like.”-Charlotte MasonTheir work should be purposeful. A picture to hang; a rug which decorates and beautifies a wall, a sweater to keep warm; a bracelet of beads to wear...
Passing down your own handicraft skills to your children is great for not only teaching a skill, but spending time together doing something you both enjoy. You can also take the opportunity to learn a skill with your child!
Handicrafts are also a great alternative to screens. They're fun and educational. Most importantly you're developing fond memories and life-long skills for your children.
List of Handicraft Ideas
- Chalk drawing
- Charcoal sketching
- Clay sculpturing
- Doll Making
- Fiber art
- Fiber preparation: spinning, carding, dying
- Finger painting
- Flower arranging
- Iron sculpturing
- Knitting and Loom Knitting
- Leather crafting
- Loom weaving
- Nature crafts (wreaths, dried arrangements, sachets)
- Oil painting
- Pencil sketching
- Picture framing
- Rubber stamping
- Soap Making
- Soft metal tooling
- Watercolor painting
- Weaving (rugs, blankets, baskets, placemats, pot holders, etc)
- Weaving pot holders
What handicrafts do you do? What are you teaching your children? What would you like to learn?
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