My daughter turned 10 a couple of weeks ago! We had her birthday party on the weekend. I'd been stressed with the hustle and bustle of my 9-5 lately so I threw myself into creating a craft project for the party girls. There were 8 of them. We made bead and star filled necklaces out of nylon stockings.
I love crafting so I was super excited to give them the materials and see what designs they came up with. They made unique chockers, crowns, and bracelets. I was so impressed! But after the craft activity was over, they formed a tight huddle around our laptop and they started watching tween music videos. I thought to myself that I should have planned at least 2 more craft activities. I had to literally pry them away from the computer and convince them to play a game of tag or hide-and-go-seek. Times have really changed.
I noticed that my daughter’s friend Izabell was not in the huddle. She was staring at our glittered popcorn ceiling. “It looks like a starry sky,” she said to me. “It’s good that you didn’t change it". A few moments later she pointed to one of the switch plate covers on the wall and said, “You know that you can get these and paint them.” I grinned and whispered, “Yes! We have some. Come with me, I’ll show you”. There was a crafty kitten in the bunch!
Izabell inspired me to make more time to unwind and create. If you have a crafty kid, check out this collection of books.
Carol Higgins-Lawrence wrote her first story at the age of five. Her father paid her a quarter for it and she's been writing ever since. She's taken a variety of courses in writing for children. Multicultural perspectives are of particular interest to her. Carol is of Jamaican descent and was born and raised in Canada. She has a BA in Communications and Sociology and she has completed coursework towards a MA in TESOL. She has worked as a literacy educator for the past 15 years. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two young children. You can visit her website at carolhl.weebly.com
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