Purls of Wisdom

3 Ways to Inspire Creativity In Your Child

Posted by Laura Kelly on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 @ 11:30 AM

Imagination. It’s a word that inspires pride and wonder in children. When used in conversation with adults, however, it’s often met with knowing smirks or discomfort. As adults, we don’t think much of imagination. Imagination doesn’t pay bills, imagination doesn’t put gas in the tank, imagination doesn’t get you a job; that is, unless, it does.

A few years ago, 1,500 CEOs were asked in a poll what they believed to be the single most important trait in future leaders. The overwhelmingly consistent answer? Creativity.

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Too often, schools and other pressures erode children’s creative processes. The best way to maintain a child’s imagination is to inspire them to continue using it. Here are three ways to inspire creativity in your child.

Work Through Solutions

One of the biggest benefits of using your imagination is having an ability to work through problems in a way that might not be obvious at first glance. Creativity functions like a muscle and, just like any other muscle, it needs to be worked to achieve greater results. When your child encounters a problem, instead of fixing it for them, consider working through it with them by asking questions like: “What can we do?” “Will that work?” “Where should we go for that?” “Can we fix it?” Your child will learn to apply their imagination more places to solve more diverse problems.

Turn It Off

A study at the University of Texas at Austin found that children who spend more time in front of a TV were less likely to engage in creative play. This isn’t a huge surprise, when a boy or girl is watching TV or playing video games they’re being entertained by someone else’s imagination, instead of using their own. While media can inspire imagination, too much passive entertainment can stifle it. As parents, we’re all too aware of the dangers of too much technology/screen time in our children’s life, but putting boundaries into place can be more difficult than not. Try keeping plastic bins of different activities around the house and direct your children to spend time exploring and creating with whatever they find hidden in them!

Nurture Their Passions

If your child is interested in something, help them learn more about it. Children who focus on one or two passions tend to be more creative later in life. For example, if your child is interested in fashion or sewing, register them for camps and classes here with us at The Handwork Studio to learn and explore about their interest. If a child feels that their enthusiasm is valid, they will continue to believe in their imagination.

Finding ways to inspire your children’s imagination doesn’t have to be elaborate, taking a few simple, but important steps can boost your child’s ability to think creativity!

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Don't Let Your Children Lose The Basics In a World of Technology

Posted by Laura Kelly on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 @ 04:30 PM

Nowadays, every child seems to have a smartphone, tablet, laptop or all of the above. As children become even more immersed in technology, social media and phone apps, their practical and real world skills suffer the consequences.

Now, of course, we’re not saying technology is all bad. Video games can encourage children to solve problems and help them learn in unique ways that are suited to their individual learning styles. But that doesn’t mean we should lose sight of the basics.

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Handwork techniques offer numerous benefits to children of all ages, benefits that will last into adulthood. Whether they learn sewing basics in a sewing camp, at a local craft store or grandma’s house, teaching your children to sew will create lasting memories and help their personal development. If your child is spending more time on their electronic devices than practicing their running stitch, you may want to consider these reasons for why children need to learn the basics in a world of technology.

Develops Fine Motor Skills

In a technology-driven world, learning how to sew so often falls to the wayside. Yet, learning handwork techniques can help children develop their fine motor skills and finger dexterity. Children are used to grasping larger items, such as crayons, toys and electronic devices. Working with a small needle helps children acquire fine motor skills they’ll need later for writing.

Inspires Confidence

When children learn to sew, whether at home or in a sewing camp, they make mistakes and then learn from them the next time around. As their sewing skills gradually improve, they will gain self-confidence and start to believe in themselves. Successfully completing even the smallest of projects or receiving praise from an instructor can result in a significant boost in their self-esteem.

Creates Lifelong Memories

Think back to when you may have learned how to sew from your grandmother, mother or another family member. If your children learn how to sew, they can also look back someday and remember how they learned to sew at grandma’s or in a sewing camp. They’ll have happy memories that will encourage them to pass on the tradition on to their own children.

Teaches Patience

No one learns how to sew overnight; it takes a substantial amount of time and practice to develop sewing skills. As children learn how to read and follow a pattern, operate a sewing machine and thread a needle, they also learn the value of patience. All of the above tasks can be difficult and, therefore, frustrating. Learning how to sew through constant trial and error will help cultivate patience.

Learning how to sew will help your children gain practical, real life skills they can carry into adulthood. They’ll disconnect from technology for a little while and discover new interests and skills.

Do you think your child would enjoy learning how to sew? The Handwork Studio offers sewing summer camp programs where children can learn handwork techniques in a positive, nurturing environment. Register today!


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6 Reasons Why Summer Camps Are So Significant

Posted by Laura Kelly on Wed, Mar 16, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

For children, summer means unlimited free time to play, explore and make memories that last a lifetime. But for parents, finding activities to fill their children’s summer months can be a hassle. Contacting babysitters, planning visits to grandma’s house and scheduling long weekend beach trips can be time-consuming and frustrating. But, what if there was another way to solve your summer break dilemma?

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Summer camp is a fun, educational and creative way for your child to spend their summer. They will have the unique opportunity to interact with other children, develop brand new skills and have a blast! If you’re still on the fence about sending your child to a camp for girls, here’s 6 reasons why summer camps are important.

1. Gain Lifelong Skills

Attending summer camp allows children to gain practical, real-world skills. Under the guidance of skilled instructors and talented artists, children will discover and develop new skills that will prove beneficial into adulthood.

By interacting with children their own age, they’ll learn how to respond to social cues, respect others and resolve disagreements. Summer camp also provides the right equipment, classes and facilities for enhancing artistic skills and expressing creativity.

2. Grow More Independent

Leaving their home and attending summer camp will encourage children to become more independent. Summer camp provides the perfect setting for learning how to make decisions on their own. They will complete tasks without their parents guiding their every move and gain essential problem-solving skills.

In the positive and nurturing environment of summer camp, children can figure out who they are, manage their daily chores and discover new skills that can shape their identity.

3. Find New Friends

A summer camp for girls offers a fun, safe environment for children to relax and find children with similar interests. Free from the social pressures of school, your children can make new friends easily. Meeting children at summer camp can lead to lifelong friendships and countless happy memories.

4. Unplug From Technology

Summer camp provides the perfect opportunity for your children to unplug from technology for days on end. When children disconnect from their smartphones, tablets and computers, they can focus on their creative skills, engage with other children and explore the outdoors. Instead of sitting around staring at a device screen, they’ll be up and moving, making friends and having fun in the real world!

5. Boosts Self-Esteem

Separated from the competitive atmosphere of school life, your children are given multiple opportunities to succeed and realize their full potential. They receive regular praise for their accomplishments and efforts. This success and encouragement leads to a significant boost in self-confidence.

6. Try New Things

Summer camp pushes children out of their comfort zone. Attendees are exposed to new activities and experiences that they may have never encountered outside of a camp setting. They can explore new hobbies and find activities that they truly enjoy.

Attending summer camp makes for an unforgettable, rewarding experience that your child won’t soon forget. You’ll know your child is having fun while building valuable life skills and expressing their creative side.

Consider the Handwork Studio

The Handwork Studio offers fun, educational summer camp programs for kids aged 5-16. Located in 10 states, our summer camp program allows children to learn handwork and sewing techniques in a positive and encouraging environment. Do you think summer camp would be perfect for your child? Learn more about our summer camp programs and register today!

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Teachers: Why a Sewing Summer Camp is the Perfect Seasonal Job

Posted by Laura Kelly on Mon, Mar 14, 2016 @ 02:30 PM

For many, summer can be a time to relax, visit the beach, tend to your garden and participate in outdoor activities you enjoy. Yet for others, teachers in particular, summer can seem to drag on indefinitely. Some teachers will plan for the school year ahead and still continue working, but others may find it difficult to fill their summer hours.

For the latter, after you have cleaned the house from top to bottom, caught up on this year’s must-read novels and gone out to lunch with friends, you may be wondering what to do next. That’s where sewing summer camp comes in.

Out of all the summer teaching jobs you could consider, working at a sewing summer camp is the best option for anyone with a love for teaching and crafting. If you are passionate about teaching and want to carry that passion into the summer months, take a look at these 4 reasons why a sewing summer camp is the perfect seasonal job.

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Do Something You Love

Do you enjoy hand or machine sewing in your spare time? Do you spend your summers working on multiple crafts such as knitting and embroidering? Is sewing another doll dress for your niece not satisfying your constant urge to sew? Then handwork and sewing summer camp is the perfect fit for you!

Handwork and sewing summer camp combines two of your favorite activities: teaching and sewing. You can hone your sewing skills while sharing your love for sewing with camp attendees. You’ll be teaching practical, real life skills to children all while having fun and expressing your creative side!

Additional Income

Working at a sewing summer camp is a great way to earn extra money over the summer. If you want to save up for a vacation, tackle a DIY home project or redecorate the living room, those additional funds could come in handy. You’ll have fun teaching camp attendees while also increasing your revenue.

Teach Practical Skills

Similar to a school classroom, sewing summer camp offers numerous benefits, educates children and contributes to personal growth. Children can find and develop new skills that they might never have discovered outside of a camp setting. When you teach at a sewing summer camp, you’re not only teaching children how to sew; you’re also imparting valuable life lessons that will benefit them as they grow into adulthood.

At summer camp, children acquire many important life skills, including decision-making skills, good manners, how to show gratitude and how to learn from their mistakes. More than anything, you’ll help children develop a sense of independence as they realize they can finish certain tasks on their own.

Inspire the Next Generation

Think back to when you first learned how to sew. Perhaps, your grandmother taught you in the comfort of her sitting room. Or maybe, you taught yourself after watching numerous YouTube videos and reading online tutorials. However you gained your sewing skills, sewing summer camp gives you the opportunity to pass that useful knowledge to the next generation.

Summer sewing camp will provide a positive, nurturing environment where children can embrace a love for sewing and receive praise for their contributions. As you demonstrate sewing techniques, you can revisit your pleasant memories and ensure camp attendees have a similar enjoyable learning experience.

Working at a sewing summer camp enables you to continue to learn about your passion as you inspire camp attendees. You’ll instill a love for sewing in children’s lives while staying actively engaged over summer vacation. If you’ve been searching through summer teaching jobs for the perfect seasonal job, take a look at our Job Listings Page to join our summer camp program!

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