Creativity and zero waste goals on our home schooling journey

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human sole.  - Dieter F. Uchtdorf.

 

I remember when I was a child our school program did not include ANY art classes after the 4th grade. And I mean nothing. When I found out that at the end of my 4th grade I was literally crying because I loved creating and drawing, painting and sewing. Now looking at my daughters I think sometimes how lucky they are to be able to create and get connected to art for as long as they want.

On our homeschooling journey that we started this year we do a lot of art at home as well as attending very special art classes with Alyce at www.artexplorers11.com which my daughter loves. And as with everything else we do we of course try to practice mindful and sustainable approach to creative processes too.

So when we made a decision to participate at our first Homeschoolers Crafts Market this year and were brainstorming ideas for our stall name and what to do, my daughter straight away said “We can do some accessories from your fabrics!” I have bags and bags of fabric scraps, tiny pieces of fabric waste and threads leftovers that I collect after my sewing projects for reuse. I often do creative things for my daughters with this bright and pretty scraps and Miranda offered that I teach her some basics so that she can make something herself to sell at the Market.

We started a month before the market date. Within this time my daughter learned and made 10 kids rings, 20 hair clips, 4 hair pins and 20 draw-your-own-badges, all from fabric waste. She also created a lot of princess cards for the clips to rest on! 🙂

And if you think that kids crafts market is only about arts you are wrong, because on our preparation journey we had to involve a lot of English (writing down everything we are planning to make, coming up with a plan and dead lines and noting of the items we might need for displaying our products, etc.), maths (calculating the price, total for sold/unsold items, difference between what we spent on findings and what we can gain to cover it, etc.), science (trying to find the best way to attach fabric to the metal findings so that it actually stays and won’t fall off, what glue is better, what glue is made of, etc.), marketing, advertisement and so on and so forth, of course on very basic level. But even that is a lot of knowledge for a five-year-old!

I am so proud of my little girl! She really learned a lot – patience resilience, ability to follow dead lines and of course sewing skills! From spending more than two hours on her first ring she progressed to only 20 minutes by her last one. When we started she really struggled to cut the fabric. Believe me or not, but it is very different from cutting paper! As adults we take this skill for granted, but for a five-year-old it was a great achievement to learn how to feel the scissors and to train little fingers to cut soft disobedient fabric instead of squashing it between scissor blades. At the end Miranda loved cutting lots and lots of circles for her hair clips and badges, she even loved cutting more than sewing! 🙂

The market itself was a lot of fun. There were so much creativity, so many really awesome ideas and great products! Of course kids were buying from each other, observing what was selling better and again learning from that experience. Miranda also sold a few of her rings and badges and of course bought quite a few treasures too! Among my personal favourites were space canvases, knots and crosses game, personal art cards, bath bombs, happy birthday cards with toy animals to support RSPCA charity, hand painted cotton bags and the Magical Secrets book that we are planning to read tonight. (And we are extremely lucky to being able to grab a copy as apparently it sold out!)

What also pleasantly surprised me is that there were a lot of items made from recycled materials and products that incorporated sustainable approach to life which means that a lot of people are getting aboard on sustainability path and it becomes normal to see more and more of it around. Among others there was a game that you could play on spot made from recycled cardboard, candle holders made from I believe recycled glass, little toilet paper roll decorations, paper flowers and paper beads jewellery, brightly coloured sun catchers made from melted (I believe recycled) plastic beads, jewellery made from natural materials like sea shells and feathers and wooden toy blocks.

Now I can only apologise for not mentioning every single stall as absolutely all kids participated were awesome. I am really looking forward towards the next event like it! Let's get creative!

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