Jaime and Jacinda’s Homeschooling Fun


Don’t worry, not the real kind of homeschooling.

Funny Story. Once a woman in Starbucks asked me (while I was with 1yr old Clare) if I would like a brochure on homeschooling and I said “no thank you, do you have any information on boarding school?” She was horrified. My husband always tells me that I’m not as funny as I think I am. I’d guess that homeschooling lady would agree. No, really, homeschooling is very cool, I’m no-kidding in awe of it.

Ok, so Jaime and I have been talking about making an effort to improve the quality of the time we spend with the kiddos. To plan creative activities and such. Today, Clare and I made these necklaces! It was actually something we could both enjoy. At first I tried to give her a coordinated palette of beads and tie between her beads but she wanted to do her own thing and … wait for it… I just let her. We had so much fun just hanging out and having some crafty fun! PS. I asked her who she wanted to make a necklace for and she said “you, mommy.” (tear)

How to make your own beaded necklaces after the jump

1. First I cut a bunch of 1″ wide strips of fabric. They were about 18″ long but you will tie them together later so it doesn’t much matter.

2. Collect a bunch of wide-hole wooden beads. These are from Michaels.

3. Try to micro manage toddler by selecting coordinating beads for her to use and get shot down.

4. Tie a knot at one end of the fabric.

5. Roll the other end tightly and wrap scotch tape around the tip so it looks like the end of a shoelace.

6. Start lacing your beads. tie knots in fabric to space beads if so desired.

7. When you get towards the end, tie to a new strip and keep going.

Pretty cute and wearable, right?


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11 Comments

Rose

"I said "no thank you, do you have any information on boarding school?" She was horrified."

What's wrong with your DH? That is hilarious!!!

Great idea, I can't wait to try it with my little ones!

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Amy

Thanks for the idea!Not sure Rubes has quite got the hand / eye coordination but it's certainly good for practicing and I can get a sweet necklace too!

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Colzoz

I am in agreeance with all of the above comments. GREAT project and PERFECT response to a seemingly unwarranted inquiry. I can't wait for Elsa to make millions of these baubles!

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Tia

hey from a homeschool mam in Ireland , have 2.5 year old and 11 year old always looking for crafts they can do together…this is perfect :0)

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