As adults, we know that the thrill of a new year can often be overshadowed by our new year’s resolutions.
In January, we all sort of become obsessed with our new goals. We make sure to hit the gym every day, we throw away every drop of sugar in the house, and we talk about our new goals to anyone within earshot. And before you know it, it’s March, and we’re already totally burnt out! I think it’s safe to say we all put a little too much pressure on ourselves with the coming of a new year. After all, we shouldn’t have to wait until January 1 to become the best version of ourselves!
This year, try creating some fun goals that involve spending more time with your family. And what better way to enjoy quality time than to teach your favorite kiddos how to create something from scratch! In the world of tablets, cell phones, and video games, it’s about time we pull our kids away from the screens so they can learn to enjoy time in a different fashion. Apart from its ability to help reduce stress and boost creativity, needle felting with your kids will also help you bond over a shared interest!
Let’s go over a few simple steps that will get your children, grandchildren, nieces, or nephews involved in a felting project this year!
Let Them Witness The Magic
As I’m sure you know, forcing the little ones usually won’t end in your favor. Instead, allow them to watch as you work! Needle felting takes patience, and you’re going to want to ensure that the kids have an actual interest before you spend time and money on teaching them this craft. When they have the opportunity to see you take a few pieces of wool and turn them into beautiful crafts, they’ll understand what it takes to make something out of nothing!
Show Them the Basics
No matter the age, you should always supervise as the kids work on a needle felting project. With the sharp needle and potential of poking and stabbing, it’s best if you keep a watchful eye for safety. Once you’ve taught the kids the basics of needle felting, have them explore and pick out the next project!
In the winter season especially, a snowman is a fantastic starter project. Not only is it a fun way to stay excited about the chilly weather outside, but it’s also one of the easiest projects for beginners. It won’t take long for the kids to see some results, and this will help them stay engaged.
Start A Craft Routine
Every week, put aside a special time and space just for crafting! The little ones will look forward to this weekly routine. This will also encourage them to actually finish their current project. Put together some healthy snacks, talk about technique, and chat about life! Crafting gives us such a special opportunity to connect. And in a world where our younger generation is having trouble disconnecting from their devices and connecting offline, this shared experience can take your relationship to a new level.
After you’ve started with simple projects, watch as your new crafting partner evolves into more advanced designs. There’s really no way of knowing what age is appropriate for a young crafter. From 6-12, every child is different. So the only way you’ll know is by trying!
If you want to improve your needle felting skills so that you feel more comfortable passing your knowledge onto the next generation, you should join our Needle Felting Academy! When you’re able to complete some of the projects in this course, you’ll be pleased with your abilities as well as the beautifully crafted pieces. Not to mention, being part of the academy will offer you much more than simple needle felting techniques. With the Bear Creek Felting Academy, you’ll have one-on-one feedback from me and a warm community of crafters to connect with and share your passion!
Have you passed on your love of crafting with a special kid in your life? Let me know in the comments!