I think that every homeschool should incorporate some type of handicraft time into their days. Charlotte Mason wrote a lot about her children taking the time to make handicrafts during their school days. Handicrafts are not just paper and glue crafts that you would make in a preschool or kindergarten class. Charlotte Mason speaks of handicrafts in her book Home Education.
There are 4 principles to keep in mind when choosing a handicraft:
1. The product should be useful/and or decorative. You will want to pick something that can be used again and again, or something that can be displayed as a decoration in a room in your home.
2. Teach the children slowly and carefully, what they should do. When you are teaching them how to build/construct/create their handicraft of choice, make sure you take the time with them, showing them exactly how to do it so it is done correctly.
3. Emphasize the habit of doing your best. Make sure that they don’t just throw it together to get it done. It is important to teach them to do the very best that they can do and put all their effort into creating a nice, final product.
4. “The children’s work should be kept well within their compass.” This means that you should select a handicraft that is within the age range/ability level of your children.
Last week we focused on Handicrafts for Boys!
There are so many handicrafts that both boys and girls can enjoy equally well and I think it’s important for them to learn a little bit of everything!
This week we are focusing on handicrafts that girls will really enjoy doing!
Pressed Flower Bookmarks – this is nature study and a nice handicraft project in one!
Homemade Pom Pom Bookmark – Create your own yarn pom pom and turn it into a bookmark!
Elastic Bookmark Craft
Handsewn Button Headbands – make these cute, one of a kind headbands for less than $1 a piece!
Create a First Sewing Basket for Kids – Make a first sewing basket for kids using simple, age appropriate materials that encourage open-ended creativity, fine motor skills and plenty of independent fun!
DIY Sewing Cards – great beginning hand sewing project!
Creating Felt Food – oh this is so cute!
Yarn Crafts – Knitting and Crochet – I love yarn crafts. They can be extremely portable, are great quiet time crafts and make lovely, personal gifts.
Paper Plate Weaving – this is a beautiful and simple project for small hands
How to weave on a cardboard loom
Crochet for Beginners
Knitting in the Round Tutorial
Finger Knitted Scarf Tutorial
Finger Knitting for Beginners
Jewelry Making – this is a great handicraft to learn. It is portable and small, you can give them as gifts, or even sell them to earn extra money.
Water Bottle Bangles – this is fun and uses recycled water bottles
15 DIY Friendship Bracelets to Make
DIY Beaded Tassel Bracelets
24 Super Easy DIY Bracelets
Painting – painting is a great handicraft that can create many different types of useful decorations and items for your home.
How to hand paint a simple daisy
How to paint and age furniture – this would be a fun family project!
Painted Ladybug Rocks
Watercolors for people who can’t paint – great list for beginners
Watercolor painting techniques for kids
Don’t miss our other handicraft post:
Handicrafts for Boys
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!
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