Here I am, stop number 6 on the Kids' Crafternoon Blog Party--think of it as being a bit like a pub crawl, only with blogs instead of pubs, and kids crafts instead of shots of whiskey. Yes, Kathreen is at it again--putting together more fantastic books of kiddo-friendly crafts--this time centered on beads and felt.
For this portion of the party, I decided to let Beeper and his friend, Ivan, take over--meaning I had them take a look at the books and pick a project to make for their own personal crafternoon. They quickly decided upon the Robot Softie by Bianca Brownlow--which was a relief to me since they are 7 & 8-years-old respectively and it appeared to be a simple first sewing project.
Like any good little robot designer, I had them each start off by making a sketch of their robot and any special features they may have--like a yoyo that doubles as a weapon (always handy when bored and faced with a spot of trouble) that Ivan's robot sports , or the cell phone that Beeper's robot keeps handy in his chest cavity (I would assume for quick calls to his mom as needed).
Next, we cut out the felt pieces then I put them to work on the sewing machine--this was their very first time driving the sewing machine and they were naturals. That is Ivan's mom (Hi Chellie!) there overseeing Beeper's work like a good sweat shop supervisor.
Next, I gave them a chop stick and had them stuff all those narrow little robot limbs--and again, they were pros. Okay, maybe they got a little impatient with it after the second leg, and I jumped in to make quicker work of it--but still, for having the attention-spans of a tse fly, they were softie-making rock stars.
Et voila! Their finished robot creations. The best part was how very proud they each were of their work--Ivan declared he would be sleeping with his tonight. And then they each took their robots along with them as dates to the Children's Opera performance we went to later.
But, I suppose you might like to know more the types of projects you might find in these books--so, let me share a few of my own favorites...
From the Beading book: Woodland Beaded Cards by Sharon Baldwin; Lego Jewels by Nicole Vaughan; Push Button Canvas also by Nicole Vaughan; and Freckles Photo Frame by Lisa Tilse.
Oh, and look, its one of my projects from the book--a little bejeweled skull and crossbones tote. Swanky, eh?
And from the felting book: Stitched Jewels by Cassi Griffin; Zombie Critter Charms by Lisa Tilse; Upcycled Sherpa Hay by Lisa Siebert; and Designer Wallet by Claire Dollan.
Oh, here's my project in the felting book--some simple felt cards.
You can read about the first round of Kids Crafternoon books here, and if you want to continue on with the pub crawl--I mean, blog party--you can party on at any of these swell blogs:
Cate Holst from Go Make Me 21-Nov
Kate from Picklebums 24-Nov
Kara Fleck from Simple Kids 26-Nov
Li’l Magoolie 27-Nov
Bianca from Sadie and Lance 29-Nov
Lisa Siebert guest posting at Poppytalk 1-Dec
And, if you would like to get your hands on a copy of either of these books--well, I just so happen to have a copy of each to give-away to two of you. So please go ahead and leave a comment here telling me which book appeals to you most and whatever else you might want to share. But you should do that by the end of the day on November 20th and I will try to come back promptly on Monday. to announce the winners (but please keep in mind my track record here--so, no promises)
And just in case you were wondering, the Robot Stuffies spin exceedingly well on the floor--clearly they are gifted break dancers.