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April 23, 2013

45 Handicraft Ideas

Charlotte Mason encouraged us to teach our children useful skills that could benefit them throughout life. Here is a list of 45 handicraft ideas.

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. 

hand·i·craft  

/ˈhandēˌkraft/
Noun
  1. A particular skill of making decorative objects by hand.
  2. An object made using a skill of this kind.
Handicrafts are life skills such as needlework, quilting, knitting, pottery, sewing, crocheting, woodworking, etc. 

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 Mason
Their 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

  • Applique
  • Beading
  • Calligraphy
  • Candle-making
  • Carving
  • Ceramics
  • Chalk drawing
  • Charcoal sketching
  • Clay sculpturing
  • Crocheting
  • Cross-stitching
  • Doll Making
  • Embroidery
  • Fiber art
  • Fiber preparation: spinning, carding, dying
  • Finger painting
  • Flower arranging
  • Gardening
  • Iron sculpturing
  • Kiting
  • Knitting and Loom Knitting
  • Latch-hooking
  • Leather crafting
  • Loom weaving
  • Macrame
  • Nature crafts (wreaths, dried arrangements, sachets)
  • Needlepoint
  • Oil painting
  • Pencil sketching
  • Photography
  • Picture framing
  • Pottery
  • Quilting
  • Rubber stamping
  • Scrapbooking
  • Sewing
  • Soap Making
  • Soft metal tooling
  • Spool-knitting
  • Videography
  • Watercolor painting
  • Weaving (rugs, blankets, baskets, placemats, pot holders, etc)
  • Weaving pot holders
  • Whittling
  • Woodworking
For an extensive list of handicrafts, check out 101 Handicraft Links at Charlotte Mason Help.

What handicrafts do you do? What are you teaching your children? What would you like to learn?

This post is a part of the Spring 2013 Hopscotch. There is a lot of great information being shared by the talented bloggers involved in this project. Please go check out their posts. 


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Happy Homeschooling!

2 comments:

  1. You know, I never thought I would want to do crafty things when I was younger, but now I quilt, knit, crochet, sew, and I'm teaching myself tatting. My teen has tried a few and thinks it's far too much work for what she gets out of it. :P

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    1. I always wanted to learn to sew and crochet, but Grandma didn't have the patience to teach me. As an adult, I've found my enjoyment in gardening and scrapbooking.

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