We have always supported our kids’ learning here at home; in fact, that’s the very reason teachmama.com was started!
Big on learning in the every day, we’ve always done what we could to find cool opportunities for learning in the here and now. Fun learning in everyday events. Really doing what we can to be in the moment and roll with the adventures as they unfold.
So this weekend, we hosted an impromptu Kid Craft Sale.
What started as Maddy and I learning how to make the brightest and most beautiful origami cranes, somehow morphed into Cora teaching us how to make fans. And then Cora’s fan-making turned into a Fan Sale which then morphed into a candy, iced-tea, and ribbon barrette sale.
And then with neighbors jumping in on the kid craft sale fun, the day took a whole new and exciting turn.
It’s about encouraging our creative kids and supporting young entrepreneurs, right?
And you can do the same–thanks to a rockstar giveaway: a customized package of Astrobrights Papers (you’ll love them!) and a $50 Office Depot gift card. Yay!
Summer fun, here. We. Come!
Here’s the skinny. . .
- Kid Craft Sale–Supporting Young Entrepreneurs: I’m thrilled that the folks from Astrobrights hooked us up with a boatload of gorgeous, insanely bright and beautiful paper because that’s how this whole thing started.
The minute we opened our box of papers, Maddy declared, Mom I totally want to use this paper for origami.
I said, That’s cool, Maddy, but first we need to learn how to do origami.
So that’s what we did.
Maddy did a bit of research on our little Acer C720P Chromebook and found an awesome how-to site for making origami cranes.
She and I step-by-step folded our Rocket Red paper into a cool crane. (We did a lot of pausing and rewinding along the way.)
They were not easy, and we were pretty much just happy making one each. We’ll revisit origami again this summer is the plan!
Then Cora jumped off of her swing and decided she wanted in. But she didn’t want to make a crane–that took too long.
She wanted to make some fans.
So she showed us how to make the ultimate fan, and then she said she was going to sell them. In our front yard. Today.
She got to work.
Cora made signs advertising her Fan Sale and set prices for each fan. She knew she wanted small fans and mini fans and super mini fans.
(Minis are perfect for dolls, you know.)
She assembled her money jar, her tray for her fans, and a tin that held all of her fans. And Maddy and I even let her sell our two origami cranes.
We dragged three chairs to the front yard–one for Cora, one for me, and one for the fans. And then we waited.
Meanwhile, Maddy and Owen pulled a table out to the curb along with iced tea, Maddy’s barrettes, and candy. They, too, made signs, set prices (though admittedly they were quite high. . . ), and they waited.
Before we knew it, a few neighbor kids joined in on the fun, and we waited together.
They flagged down passing cars, called to neighbor friends who were watering flowers or cutting the grass, and surprisingly, both sale tables made about $3.00, thanks to a few generous friends.
Bottom line? Our kids were outdoors, using their brains, getting all crafty and creative, and having fun.
And all I had to do to support my young entrepreneurs was encourage them to go with their ideas, carry a few chairs out, make a few fans, and remind them to use their manners before and after sales.
Please note: Though we all want to support young entrepreneurs, it was brought to my attention that in some areas of the country, kids have been fined for having Lemonade Stands. Holy moly. Please do a bit of research before you go this route; a $500 fine is pretty hefty if you ask me.
- calling your city officials, starting with the city clerk’s office
- reading Is Your Child’s Lemonade Stand Against the Law, by Erin Rooney Doland
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But wait. There’s another giveaway coming! #ColorizeYourClassroom Contest
- Astrobrights is helping teachers in every state get started with a Back to School #ColorizeYourClassroom contest!
- The skinny: Teachers share a photo of how they colorize their classroom on the Astrobrights facebook page from July 7-September 12. Winners will have Astrobrights Colorize their Classroom all year long! One winner per state plus a Grand Prize winner will be awarded.
- Find all of the details here: facebook.com/Astrobrights
fyi: This is a sponsored post but as always, my opinions are all my own, influenced only by my personal experience as a parent and educator–and, of course, my three little crafty-crafters.
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