Combining reading and crafting? Bam.
A match made in heaven.
Sure, good ole free play and open-ended art is awesome, but some days, an Art Activity book is a super way of sneaking in some reading for kids. And the ‘art’ of reading informational text to follow directions and to use drawings and diagrams to support the reading are foundational skills in nearly every grade level of the Common Core State Standards.
Reading informational texts is something covered in some way almost every year in the English Language Arts Standards. As parents, let’s do what we can to support our kids’ learning from home.
It’s a win-win-WIN.
Maddy rocked out the informational text reading this week with the help of Melissa & Doug’s Craft and Create Mixed Metal Jewelry set. And she’s loving her new jewels.
Here’s the skinny. . .
- Reading Informational Text and Crafting– Easy, Beautiful Jewelry-Making:
I knew that Maddy would love this Mixed Metal Jewelry Set, because right now she’s totally into accessories and jewelry. And she’s also into doing things independently.
And she really did love it.
She took off from the start, opening the set and reading and following the directions. She began by setting out all of the pieces. And then she started with the Layered Earrings.
We chatted along the way, checking out a few different design options and deciding on the silver-bronze-silver graduated layered discs. Love it!
She made these adorable earrings! Aren’t they to die for?
Next she moved onto the braided bracelet.
As she read, she used the photographs and diagrams to help her more clearly understand the steps.
Especially when it came to the four-strand braid, she used both the diagram and text. I held one side of the bracelet as she braided, and I totally learned something new!
I have never in my life braided with four strands, but Maddy figured it out and explained it to me as she went. Super real-life application of an important reading skill–and Common Core State Standard.
Her bracelet turned out so awesome.
And not only did we learn how to do the four-strand braid, but we also learned some cool, new ways of tying off bracelets, combining strands, and connecting the mixed-metal washers and rings.
I really think this is only the beginning.
Maddy so loved jewelry-making that we’re heading to the craft store for some mixed metal pieces this weekend. Though the set comes with plenty of pieces, Maddy was busy and included a handful of pieces in each one she made.
It will be so awesome to see her apply her new skills to the other pieces we purchase at the store. She felt great about what she made and looks forward to making more. Love. It.
In my opinion, there’s nothing better than this! It’s real-life and purposeful informative text reading at its finest!
fyi: I wrote this post as part of the Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador program. Melissa & Doug has long created rockstar products that nurture creativity and thought in our children, which is why I am so proud to be a part of this program.
As always, my opinions and ideas are my own, influenced only by my experience as a parent and educator.