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Fun For & With Kids with Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes
Today's kids are having a dilly of a time finding non-techie things to do with their weekend hours and after-dinner time.
While looking for a gift book for a mom with tots I searched for a paper craft book and found this one on making paper airplanes - yippee!
As a child I used paper in
most of my solitary activities. I had an encyclopedia of things to do, one of my trusty favorites from my grandmother. I turned to it again and again when the northwest weather turned to fog or drizzling rain.
Ours was a family of doers and makers, coming from a pioneering heritage, where we witnessed our parents making something out of something else, to solve problems. I still remember the wacky plunger my mom made from an old wood shovel handle that had outlived the metal head. She took a big old coffee can and screwed it onto the handle end, using a couple screws to stabilize it..
Then she had a serviceable replacement for a washing machine. Yep, that was the summer we lived in a far north mining camp that didn't have either running water or electricity. We were a family of five and we needed to change our clothes occasionally, at least. But living in tents and a shack brought us way back to the days of our grandparents in Alaska.
Turning through my craft book
I would settle on a tiny project, get out some paper - even an old brown paper bag would do - and ink or pencils. After drawing the outline to the best of my little ability, I would cut the paper to size. Then I could add colors from crayons or from a pen if I was lucky enough to have one with colored ink. Some years Grandma would give me a set of colored pencils, or I'd receive a tiny set of colored tempera paints.
Mom was a handywoman and a crafter. She let me play with bits of materials left over from sewing and crafting, and sometimes my brothers would discard a model making tub of paint, so I would add that to my craft stash. I had a pair of those blunt little school scissors and when needed, Mom could be counted on to use one of her armament of large sharp shears.
We usually had some silver and gold
stars from Christmas card making projects, for an added touch of glimmer. Real gold nuggets were hidden away in glass vials that my grandparents and parents brought back from our many mining ventures in actual working mines. Putting a little star on a folded and decorated box that I made was enough to make it as valuable to me as a little chunk of gold.
Making, drawing, cutting, & coloring were trigger activities to expanding my imagination, & they were mostly free.
We all made paper airplanes and decorated them, flew them, and had competitions inside the house when it rained. Those airplanes then decorated our bedroom shelves for years after and it was fun to see how our skills grew.
What's more natural than a flying dragon? Well, I think it would be a paper dragon flown from the imagination.
If you're a parent who thinks arts and crafts are beyond you, then you might want a complete set like this one.
Spread the projects out for the weekends and you can use this for a whole year.
Make the weekends special. Chose one project, then ask the child to make something inspired by that item during the week. Let their imaginations fly.
Paint for kids that tends to work without spilling all over. It's designed to use in dribbles and dabs - just a little or a lot here or there.