Recently Audrey and I have been sharing a new digital, quarterly magazine: Crafting Connections. It’s beautifully constructed with colorful photographs of little ones busy exploring and crafting. Audrey has loved looking through the magazine over and over. I’ve really enjoyed its emphasis on using the natural world and seasonal shifts to inspire creative projects, often borrowing bits and pieces of the outdoors to incorporate into those projects. Oh, and the projects themselves are simple enough for little ones to fully participate, yet geared towards encouraging parental participation as well.
Audrey on her first read-through, stopped at every project and looked at all the photos intently and told me, “I want to do that one, Mommy!” By the time she got to the end, she’d decided she wanted to do every one of them. A sign of a good craft magazine, right?
I asked her to pick one activity to start with and she choose the leaf mobile, where you make fall leaves out of tissue paper. She painted the tissue paper with her watercolors and we let them dry. Then we tore them into smaller pieces (Gray loved helping with this part). We put it all between contact paper and then she cut them into leaf shapes. After punching a hole in each one we hung them from branches Audrey had picked out. We both think it looks lovely hanging in the window in her room.
Some of my fondest memories are those spent making seasonal nature crafts, especially during the autumn months, with my mom when I was little. Reading through this magazine with Audrey reminded me of just how special it is to connect together as a family through crafts, seasonal shifts, and the beauty of the natural world.
Do you and your family want to enjoy a copy of the Crafting Connections Autumn issue for yourselves? Leave a comment for your chance to win. I’ll close comments in two weeks and announce the winner.
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“Great craft idea, would love to have an issue of Crafting Connections. Thanks for the giveaway.”
Posted by: Kim