This post has nothing to do with cooking and food but on a subject very close to my heart.Creating crafts with kids is what gives me immense satisfaction other than cooking foods for my family.
Summer vacation for kid’s means "mother's be prepared to do some extra job. I often find it difficult to engage my daughter with some tasks. I try to focus on developing her creativity. And also I wish her to develop a healthy approach to understand the world around us.
This summer vacation I choose the topic –“Around the World”. Although I was kind of thinking it from past spring break but due to our short trip back home, nothing materialized.
Basic target/approach of this project-“Around The world” - was to introduce her and of course myself to the varied culture of different countries .There are many customs or practices associated with a particular country. I, for that matter am very much interested in knowing how a child in a particular country likes to spend that special day.
I thought perhaps making some easy crafts with my daughter would be appropriate to relate to that particular custom or for that matter to that particular country/part of the world.
Like for example during Basantpanchami/Saraswati puja in Gujarat,Delhi and in UP, people like to fly kites. Making kites with ones’ parents, during our growing up days was really a fun way to co-relate to this tradtion. And who doesn’t like making kites?
We have made Kwanzaa necklace to start off our tour of the world. She had earlier tried making it in school also. Since then she was always telling me to make it again. Instructions for this craft can be found here-
Kwanzaa is an African-American holiday celebrated in US mainly during 26th Dec to 1st of Jan every year.
Children’s day is celebrated in Japan on perhaps 5th of May. This is a national holiday I guess.
This day is marked for boys who love to make fish kites or carp kites called as”Koinobori”. They would then hang this outside their home one for each son in the family. And they would then pray for their sons well being and progress.
(However, I personally do think sons and daughters are same and should not be treated differently)
We had some nice time making this project one whole afternoon. My daughter then also went on to pretend being a fisher woman with her Koinobori Carp Origami. Instruction on how to make this traditional origami can be found here .
Catch of the day - quite a big one!!
And if you wish you can make real carp Kites also.
Other Crafts Project that we did in past-
If you have some other ideas please share with me here, I am all eager to know them also.
There are other countries and their traditions which are yet to explore. Let’s see where our boots take us tomorrow :-)).....