I have always loved to spend time with children. They are the most beautiful people in the world. Their innocence and curiosity always strikes a chord with me and I can spend hours teaching them things they’d like to learn. I have a toddler and he is a joy to be with. We are currently working on alphabets and numbers and I am sure he knows all of them. He just doesn’t know how to say them yet 🙂
Last week I had the opportunity to meet the children at The Goddard School and share my crochet work and experiences with them. The kids ranged from 1 to 5 years of age and were too small to learn how to crochet themselves. Instead, I concentrated on them seeing and feeling different shapes, patterns and textures that can be created using yarn.
Here’s a glimpse of what we did there:
The polar bear blankie was a hit with all the kids. The younger ones loved to roll on it and the older ones loved to look at the bear! This c2c banket is a free pattern by RepeatCrafterMe and can be found here.
The younger kids didn’t know what to do with the minion but the older ones had a great time taking his goggles and clothes off! And then, we had a grown up conversation about what the name of this minion might be. The consensus was that the taller minions are called Kevin 🙂 I made this lovely minion using AllAboutAmi’s Despicable Me minion pattern that can be found here.
The crayon holder was unanimously declared as a hat and the kids were happy to keep it on their heads. It’s amazing to see how different their perspective can be! This crayon holder is my own design and a free pattern can be found here.
And then there was the ‘HEAD IN THE CLOUDS’ pillow. It was so soft that the kids loved to cuddle with it. This is a free knit pattern by Yarnspirations and can be found here. I made a slight modification and added a zipper to it with a cloud shaped pillow inside. This was because I was making this for my baby and I knew it would be easier to wash this way.
The numbers!! The younger kids loved them as pillows and the older ones had fun with recognizing the colors and the numbers themselves. I had made the numbers 1, 2 and 3 using another Yarnspirations free pattern that can be found here.
I had crocheted a bunch of squares, triangles and circles to take with me. This was so that every child in the class would get a chance to hold something and be able to practice their shapes and colors. I was surprised by how happy the children were to see them and hold them. I got a bunch of requests to make some pink hearts too!
And, finally, I shared my ‘I love you so much’ wrap with them. The older ones were happy to get some pictures with it and it somehow made its way to the younger ones’ mouths! I guess the colors made it look yummy 🙂 The free pattern for this wrap is available here.
I had a lovely time with all the kids and I hope that I will be able to do this again!
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