Sunday, June 14, 2009

Teaching the Lost Art of . . .



Making potholders!! Do you remember ever doing this as a child? I do! Making potholders with a little loom and the loops can keep a child (or adult) occupied for hours!

This is truly a craft whose time has come again -- according to moi! Not only can your child make some lovely potholders (and who doesn't need a couple more), it also teaches eye-hand coordination, dexterity, working with patterns, math skills in counting rows -- and don't forget -- you get a handy-dandy little potholder when you finish!



At first, Maddy was not at all interested in learning how to work the loom (getting technical, aren't I!), but she watched me doing it and decided it looked like fun! We have a road trip coming up in a week or so and this might be a good little project to work on instead of watching dvd's all the way across Iowa.

Watch out -- the next project I plan on teaching Maddy from my own childhood involves embroidery thread and embroidery hoops. Yes, lots more craft fun to come at my house and none involve a glue gun!



26 comments:

LuLu said...

My girls would love to do this! thank you for the great craft tip.
LuLu

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

I do remember those and I loved them. And, I am loving how the leg is crossed in Maddy's picture. So intense.

Lea
xo

Jodee Leader said...

That is a great idea! Cute pictures!

Jill said...

What a blast from the past!!
I miss those!!!!

Felicia said...

Oh the memories. What a fun craft! You can see Maddy's concentration and determination.

Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

Kimi said...

That brings back memories...I use to make those. Viv would LOVE doing that...I am going to get her a kit.

thanks and hugs,
Kim

Courtney said...

Thanks for sharing. It brought back some great memories!

Lucy said...

Love those things! We keep one at our cabin because it's that perfect thing to do if you're feeling crafty! So cute and great idea for a car trip. I hope I'll remember it when Magnolia is old enough!
P.S. Can't wait to see the embroidery projects...I'm such a wannabe embroiderer. :)

Kim said...

Our neighbor girls has one and has put it to good use. Perfect for your road trip. I like buying birthday gifts like those instead of toys that will get played with once, I guess it if the Youth Development worker in me :).

Have a super week!

Kim

Christy said...

I totally remember doing this. I use to make them all the time and they are so gratifying when you are done beucase you have this cool thick pot holder you can look at-- totally fun!!!!

Christy :)

McNew Family said...

I remember those - made TONS of them, as I recall! Beautiful family! Just found your blog - nice to meet you! Come on over and "visit" me when you have a chance!

Donna
mcnewfamily.blogspot.com

paige said...

savannah & my mother in law who passed away last summer made these about 8 years ago & i still use them daily!!

Kim said...

You just took me back down memory lane! I loved making these!

What a great idea! I think we'll head to the craft store today :-)

Super Mommy said...

HA! Yes I remember those - how fun! Maddy looks like she's getting into it too!

Can't wait to see her other projects!!

Marla said...

Great craft and so cute. I had forgot about it.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I remember doing this as a young girl....it was so much fun!! Such cute picture of Maddy!!

Hope you have a great week!

Lisa

a Tonggu Momma said...

I never did this... not once. Then again, I was fired early from the glue gun and all other crafting activities. Love the photos!

Leslie said...

Hi, thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment.

I so remember making pot holders when I was little. I have seen these in the stores, and thinking Ella was to young to do this. Well, I'm going to the store, and getting one of these. We are heading to Florida next month, and this would be great for her to work on in the car. Thanks for the heads up. Now I'm going to go check out your blog (which is adorable by the way)!!!!
Leslie

Anna Grace`s Jie Jie said...

How fun! I loved doing that when I was younger!! :)

JinXiu said...

i used to love this as a kid

thanks for the ides

Laurie said...

I LOVED making these as a kid and can't wait to teach my daughter how to do it. Great pictures!

Lisa said...

she is such a proper lady!! Who doesn't love a good craft??

Dawn said...

Oh this brings back such fun memories...I cant believe I have a little girl somedays to do these things with!!

Margaret M said...

I love this! It so brought back childhood memories!

Jill and Rick said...

I do remember these potholders. I LOVED making them. I have to wonder how many my mother accumulated from me and my three sisters, . . .

I wonder if all three of our little ones could do them now, or maybe I should wait for Annie to get a little bit bigger? (She's almost 4, VERY determined, but a bit short on patience)

Jill

ED Blogger said...

That's a good idea! I'm excited to teach my daughter crafts! She's 17 months now.