Recently, Babble Voices writer Ana Roca Castro and Babble editor Dara Pettinelli traveled to Peru to launch a Cyber Sustainable Development Project. This was a collaborative work with Babble Cares, Johnson & Johnson and LATISM. One part of the project involved setting up a cyber room, which would allow community artisans to sell their naturally-dyed, hand woven textiles online, and to give children access to e-learning.
Among the amazing stories and photos that came out of that trip were some terrific images of kids using craft supplies that Dara had brought. Dara’s post and slideshow, A Crafty Way of Communicating: How I Bonded With Spanish-Speaking Kids in Peru and the Health Benefits of Art, really highlights how well we can all communicate by simply making things with our hands.
Certainly the crafts my kids and I make at home aren’t nearly as beautiful as the things made by the women in Patacancha, Peru. But we definitely feel the benefits of crafting in our house.
Some of my friends aren’t into crafting, and that’s cool. However, I’ve realized that some of my friends would be into crafting, except they’re afraid:
- That they’ll suck at crafting,
- That the house will end up looking like it’s been glitter-bombed, and/or
- Crafting will create more clutter because what the heck do you do with all
this crapthese charming items your kid just made?
Here’s my response:
- Yes, you might suck at crafting. The good news is that your kid will still think you’re amazing at it.
- Just don’t buy glitter.
- Make craft projects with a purpose, and give your projects away.
One of the things that makes me sad in January isn’t just that the holiday season is over and it’s time to put away all the decorations (which I don’t feel like doing). It’s that the best part of the holiday season is the generosity that comes over us all like a happy compulsion. We–families, schools, churches, communities–focus on helping those in need during the holidays. And that’s great. But the needs don’t go away on December 26.
Below are some ideas for craft projects that you can make with your kids, and give away. I’d love to hear your suggestions, too!
If you’re not sure where you can donate your projects, check out Project Linus (for blankets), ask your nearest church/temple/mosque if they have any programs, or check with the social worker or counselor at your kid’s school — they always seem to know everything.
Keep the spirit of giving alive all year! Check out the Cyber Sustainable Development Project, and consider helping fund this worthwhile cause.
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