This image is from our project Glowing Lanterns and is a great example of one project being done two ways for multiple ages.
When you have more than one little one, it can be hard finding projects that fit everyone’s needs. Older children enjoy more involved projects and often like to work towards a finished product, while toddlers and young children often are more comfortable enjoying the process of creating. You are left with either one unhappy child when you choose a single craft, trying to find two different crafts (which, let’s face it, takes a bit of time!), or at worse, you find yourself avoiding crafting with your children all together to avoid the stress.
Did you know we address this problem with every single project we create?
It’s a simple phrase – something you’ve heard us mention here several times before, but perhaps you didn’t realize what a powerful parenting tool it is.
It’s called “Explore More.“
Explore More is a phrase unique to Crafting Connections. Along with “Make Connections” you will find it on each and every project we create – in our main quarterly magazines, here on our site, and in every one of our mini-magazines. It’s a simple phrase, but what it does is take a project and open it up to nearly all ages. Currently, our projects are created with children ages 2 to 7 years old in mind. The Explore More section, however, calls for additional skill and creativity young children have not yet developed, inviting older children to participate in the making and creating as well!
What does this all mean for you and your little ones?
It means that children of all ages find our projects enjoyable. Your young children will enjoy tackling the original project, engaging in the process of creating. Your older children can read over the basic instructions and then skip ahead to the Explore More section for additional creative prompts and challenges, so that they can create something beautiful and unique to them. And you get to enjoy crafting and connecting with all your children, no matter their age, as they work on similar projects together!