Upcycling with Munchkins
This past week I had the chance to teach a kindergarden class about upcycling. I showed them some examples of upcycling and then we crafted some greeting cards from cereal boxes and yarn. This was my first experience crafting with very young children and I'm pretty sure I learned more from them than they from me.
One thing I learned was that five year olds are genuinely excited to try just about anything and will enthusiastically pour themselves into an endeavor in ways you could not foresee. I also learned that while the mind is willing the manual dexterity isn't always able, so the simpler the projects the better.
My experience left me pondering about good ways we can introduce wee tikes to upcycling so they both understand and take part. The Upcycled Kids section on our Pinterest page has a bunch of cool little projects kids can do with a little help from their parents. Perhaps next time we will start with a small project like the upcycled bracelets pictured here. The basic design is super simple, but the bracelets scale well at differing abilities. Have a better idea? Feel free to
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