What is it about crocheting and knitting that kids love? Children aged between about 6-8 particularly love these activities, boys and girls alike. Most of us would remember the childhood satisfaction making a scarf, a doily or a fashioning a little pillow by sewing up the sides. Making useful things like these is part of the appeal as well as the attractiveness all the different coloured wool to work with.
Last week one of the mums came in to do some crochet with the Waragal Cycle 2 class. The children loved it and continue to be fascinated by the novelty as well as the coordination needed to crochet. They produced metres of work last week! Maybe it is time to up the ante and learn slip stitch or double stitch.
From a learning perspective, these needle craft activities bring lots of benefits;
- Coordination and fine motor skills
- Concentration on the task
- Relaxing, quietens the mind
- Following instructions that are sequential and exacting
- Satisfaction at making something that is often useful
- Collaboration as children share ideas and help each other when needed. At home this might also be a parent or elder such as a grandparent or aunt, providing a great opportunity for connection.
So as you can see, it's fun but there's a lot more to it as well.
There are lots of online resources and youtube videos if you'd like to take it up at home. Here is a link to just one youtube video for beginners crochet or this link is for simple finger knitting for kids.
Visit a local haberdashery store like Spotlight if you'd like to do some knitting or crochet at home. It's a relatively cheap activity and something children can do to occupy themselves, or make it a project you can share together.