Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center
I have always loved creating. As a kid I was always coloring, painting, and crafting. As I got older, I continued to find joy in making. I spent many hours in high school making jewelry with friends. I still enjoy being creative; however, full-time work and full-time life as a parent have limited the time available my endeavors. I try to fit them in as I can.
Crafting at Home
My children, on the other hand, are not that interested in arts and crafts. I wish they were. One day my 9 year old told me he hated art class because he feels frustrated and is not interested in what they are doing. While he is out of school and I am at home serving as art teacher, I hope we can change that.
I turned to the Library’s Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center to get some ideas. You can find this wonderful database on our website: under Digital Library > all Databases/Resources, look under H for Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center. For our purposes, I chose to look in the section under kids’ crafts to find something we could work on together. However, this database is a treasure trove of information on all things hobbies and crafts. There are subjects and activities that would appeal to all ages.
We were interested in finding a craft we could do to use our air-dry clay. I clicked on the Kids’ Crafts link and was directed to the next page with various categories from which to choose. I chose clay modeling. There were more than twenty-five projects, all excerpted from various crafts books. We chose the “Fat Cat” project. The link gave us step-by-step instructions and illustrations.
Our version of the “Fat Cat” turned out pretty cute. Now we are going to wait for it to dry and paint it.
I encourage you to take a look at this great resource with your kids. Let them find something that interests them and set them up to work.
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Written by Erin Smith, Youth Services Specialist at the Miami Township Branch Library.