Today was the last session of kids club before half term, the last 4 weeks have flown by! It has been great seeing them learn and get excited about the different crafts. We introduced them to the sewing machines and also how to felt and make a little bag.
They had to draw their initial of their name then sew as close to the line as they could, just using the needle to punch holes in the piece of paper.
They also made some felt and then hand sewed it together to make their bag. I thought the sewing machines with the needles were bad enough, but a classroom of 20 kids all with needles in their hands topped it today! and then my nightmare came, helping them sew buttons onto their bags – I hate sewing on buttons!!!
It really has been a learning curve for me and have certainly realised a lot of things:-
When one child needs the toilet, they all need to go!
Kids aren’t deaf and don’t need to be shouted at (I spend a lot of my day with elderly people!)
You have to learn how to multitask as they all want to speak to you at the same time!
You have to be strict with them and you have to tell them no occasionally (again very difficult for me as I am so used to encouraging people all the time in my day job, but sometimes it’s not appropriate all of the time with kids!)
My hysterical shriek breeds hysteria in the kids (note to self dont shriek and flap arms in the presence of kids!)
So there we are, I have survived the last 4 weeks! I have next thursday off which of course I am using by learning a new craft – knitting!! so very excited about finally learning how to click clack!! However looking forward to getting back to kids club as we will soon be doing Christmas stuff!!
Many thanks to Maeri for the Photos
So I survived the onslaught of what 21 kids could do to me…and I actually enjoyed it!
For my job I meet and have to chat to many different people each day, however the art of talking to kids is a whole different kettle of fish! This was one of the reasons why I wanted to help Maeri out with the after school kids club. As an only child with no other family I very rarely have to chat to kids, and the thought of what to say to them scares me! But after today I have realised they’re not all that scary and they didn’t point and laugh at me which is always a bonus!
So now I am looking forward to what the next few weeks will bring. I can see some will be a handful but that will all be part of the challenge! I can’t wait to be crafting and sewing things with them – their love for creating and making is infectious and it will be so nice to be able to be part of their journey in learning new things! I have to admit that I learnt a few things from todays session and have already had my first question which threw me…when talking about how to make one colour by mixing other colours, one child asked me…how do you make the colour black…… I think I will need to do my homework before next weeks session!
Tomorrow I start what could be one of the most terrifying moments of my life – an after school kids club for 21 kids!
When Maeri of The Make and Do Studio put out a request for help I jumped at the chance. I will be helping the kids with sewing and other crafts, ultimately producing some lovely projects.
I am always in search of something different or new and I thought this fitted my challenge perfectly! I hope it will be a good chance to help improve my confidence and skills at talking to kids. I also can’t wait to pass on my love for all things crafty – just hope they are as enthusiastic about it as I am!
If I survive I will let you know how I get on!