Mums will find it hard to avoid
Even if you wear hardly any jewellery, the kids still want to because of your other female connections. If your daughters are anything like mine, they’re observant enough to have spotted and memorized that dangly pair of earrings, necklace or bangle your Mother in law or best friend is wearing every time you meet up!
Aside from dress ups though, jewellery making for kids is a great way for your little ones to practice hand-eye co-ordination, put colours together, and have a feeling of achievement when they finish something.
Here are some jewellery making ideas my kids loved doing and are able to wear too:
1. Big beaded necklaces
Make sure you purchase quite large beads so that even your oldest child will find them hard to swallow. Sewing supply shops also sell many different materials that are completely safe, which you can use as a bead substitute, such as pom poms and fluffy balls.
2. Clay and plasticine bangles or rings
If you already have a supply of clay or plasticine, encourage the kids to mould them into shapes that fit around their hands and fingers. Use a toothpick to make pretty designs, then leave them out in the sun to dry. They’re ready for wearing in just a day’s time!
3. Artwork brooches
If your house looks like mine, there are probably loads of your kids’ drawings and paintings lying around. These can be cut up and glued on to cardboard. Simply attach a big pin at the back, and they transform into a beautiful brooch – great for wearing or gifts! Of course you can also spend time adding more decorations such as ribbons, beads and additional drawings. This is a great one which doubles as arts and crafts activities for kids too!
There are also lots of jewellery making kits that you can purchase at the shops. Make sure your kids are the right age for these so they are safe. Check the ActiveActivities directory for a full listing of other school holiday activities for kids all over Australia!
Lauren has two very excitable school age kids, as well as a full time corporate career. She manages to juggle the two roles and (mostly) maintain her sanity with the help of her ever-supportive partner. Lauren particularly loves cycling, as well as taking nourishing breaks in quieter parts of New Zealand. She lives with her family in Auckland and began blogging for ActiveActivities recently.