Needlefelting is an ideal way of incorporating homeschool crafts into your current homeschooling project. It is a fun craft for kids to try.
There are two types of needlefelting - flat and dimensional. We have used both types in our homeschooling. It is an easy craft to do but does use very sharp needles, and therefore does need to be supervised. I have tried this craft with children as young as six with good results. I explain to the child that the needle is very sharp and must be used VERY carefully. Adjust the craft to match your own child's age and ability.
It is easy and fun to match needlefelting to your current project. For example, my friend made this quilt to go with their bees project.
Each day one of her boys added a bee onto the fleece blanket. It would be easy to do a quilt this way for almost any project. To do a large picture, say a dinosaur, I would draw out the design on the blanket using chalk, and have the children fill in the outlines. Here are some ideas;
Butterflies around a flower.
Different leaf shapes - you could draw around leaves you have collected on a nature walk.
A space quilt with planets and space rockets.
How about a quilt or small wallhanging showing the lifecycle of frogs or ladybugs.
For geography, make a 'map' showing your area, or the area of your project.
3-D models are quite easy to make with needlefelting, especially small animals. We have made penguins when looking at the Antarctic. And we made aliens as part of our space project!! Other ideas include
Flowers and butterflies - these make nice gifts.
A pincushion. Just make a simple oval shape.
An animal to fit your current project.
Homeschool Crafts - How To...
You will need
Needlefelting needle (available from craft shops).
Fleece or felt to work with.
Foam or polystyrene block to work on
How to Needlefelt
Here are two informative videos about needlefelting. PLEASE NOTE- I always use a single needle when needlefelting with children - not the large several needle version. Also - I demonstrate to them a SLOW CAREFUL punching motion - not the vigorous one seen in the videos. Adjust the craft to match your own child's age and ability.
Needlefelting onto a flat surface.
(This one isn't really suitable for watching WITH your children - if I can find a better one I will swop it).
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