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3 ways handwork crafts can get your kid excited for the school year

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Sep 06, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

The start of the school year is always a difficult adjustment. Going back to early mornings, especially as the weather gets colder, and homework is definitely not as fun as all of the cool activities children get to do during the summer. However, with these handwork crafts children will be excited and ready to start the school year!

 

Notebook cover:

            A lot of schools now include book covers on their list of required school supplies. Rather than spending money and buying one, it’s a very easy project for students to make their own! All that is needed is some fabric, a needle, and thread. If you are more advanced sewer, you can use a sewing machine instead of a needle and thread. With their notebooks or textbooks, students can open the book and the lay the fabric across it. They then should fold the fabric over to the inside covers of the book so that it looks like a pocket. Now that you have the shape of your book cover figured out, you can remove the book and get ready to sew. With the book cover laying flat on a table, fold the two sides of the shorter inside cover to the outside cover on both sides on the book cover and sew the sides together. Now that it is all sewed together you can put you book in it and are ready for school! This fun and easy project is a great way for students to get excited about the books the get to read during the school year. They can have fun with the fabrics they use and show off their handwork skills!

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Pencil Toppers:

            With every new school year comes a lot of writing. Whether it is for math homework or history or english essays, students can add some excitement to all the writing they have to do by making these fun pencil toppers! To get started, you will need a pencil, felt, a needle, and thread. Take the felt and cut two pieces of the same shape, like the shamrock below. These two pieces will be sewn together so that they fit over the pencil. To sew them together, you can place the two felt pieces on either side of the pencil and use a pen to mark the width of the pencil inside the felt. Remove the pencil and sew up one side, across the top, and then down the third side. Be sure to leave an opening at the bottom for the pencil to fit through! These pencil toppers are easy to make for holidays or just for fun! It will definitely add some excitement to your student’s school day!

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A new stuffed animal for show and tell:

            For young students, show and tell is often a highlight of their day; however, finding something new every week for them to bring to school can be difficult. A great way for students to practice their handwork skills while also making their show and tell project is to make a stuffed animal. Students will need two pieces of felt cut into the same shape of their favorite animal, some extra felt or fabric for decorating, a needle, thread, and stuffing. To get started, students can decorate one side of the felt of their stuffed animal. They can do this by sewing other pieces of felt, beads, or fabric directly onto the felt. Once they are happy with the decorations, place the two pieces of felt back to back and use the needle and thread to sew most of it together. Leave a wide enough gap so that they are able to get the stuffing inside the felt. Now that the stuffed animal is nice and fluffy, sew up the last side and now you have your own homemade stuffed animal! While this project will be great for show and tell to show off your handwork skills, it will also be loved a long time after that.

            The Handwork Studio is a kid’s needle arts, machine sewing, and fashion camp. In the summer we have 43 locations across 10 states up and down the east coast but we also continue classes, workshops, and birthday parties year round at our Narberth, PA location. If you think your child would be interested in learning to skills needed to make these projects, there is still time to register for classes starting in the fall.

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How skills learned at summer camp can be applied during the school year

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Aug 09, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

It is important to not lose the skills learned at summer camp during the school year. Similar to how students are required to do summer work so that they do not forget their math or reading skills, it is also important to keep practicing summer camp skills during the school year. The easiest way to do this is to incorporate it into your weekly activities. Use these tips to continue practicing all of your skills from summer!

 

Take a break from homework and go outside to practice sports:

            Whether your camper attended a sports camp where they got an introduction to many different sports or it was specialty one where they really developed their skills, encourage them to get outside and practice after school. Taking a break from homework, especially when it is getting overwhelming, is the perfect time to get some fresh air and practice the new techniques you learned at sports camp. Not only will the fresh air have you feeling refreshed when you go back inside, but you will have the chance to practice the skills you learned at summer camp. As they say, practice makes perfect. By continually practicing anything, you will only get better at it.

 

Practice handwork and art skills by decorating your school supplies:

            Lets be honest, most notebooks and binders students have to get for school are pretty boring and you can bet that at least one other student has the same one. A great way to make your school supplies unique while also practicing art skills is to decorate them! You can decorate your notebooks or binders with puffy paint or stamps, creating fun designs so that it is easily recognizable. Decorate your backpack or pencil case by sewing on patchwork or sewing on fun designs. This is a sure way to liven up the school day. Practicing these skills from art camp will allow you to become even better at them and make your school supplies stand out.

 

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Enroll in after school classes:

            Why should camp only be for the summer? Year round camps are a great way to continue practicing the skills you learned at summer camp during the school year. By working with knowledgeable instructors, students will be able to really hone the skills they learned during summer camp. It is also a great way to stay in contact with friends met at summer camp. Like year round art camps, a great way for those who attended sports camp to continue to develop their skills, is to sign them up for an intermural year round team. They will get to practice every week and make new friends.

 

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            The Handwork Studio is a kid’s needle arts, machine sewing, and fashion camp. During the summer they have locations in 10 states but during the school year, they offer spring break and winter break camps, as well as classes, workshops and birthday parties at the Narberth, PA location. The Handwork Studio offers classes year round so that their students can turn handwork skills in to a passion, not just a summer hobby.

 

            If you think your child would be interested in year round classes with The Handwork Studio, visit their website or call 610-660-9600 for more information.

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Why summer is the perfect opportunity to learn things you don't in school:

Posted by Libby Foxman on Tue, Jul 12, 2016 @ 11:00 AM

Through out the school year, students are required to follow a set curriculum. They will cover math, english, science, history, art, and P.E. during the day and with afternoons focused on homework, there is little time to dedicate to learning something new. Whether that is sports, arts, theatre, or cooking, in the summer children have the free time needed to devote to life-enriching activities. Summer is a great time for your child to learn things that they don’t have the opportunity to learn during the school year.

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Plenty of Free Time

            Spending the entire day at school and usually a few hours in the afternoon doing homework and participating in a sport, it’s hard to find the time to pick up a new hobby. However, with summer comes a lot of free time that can be dedicated to picking up a new hobby. Besides going to camp during the day, children have the opportunity to take advantage of their free time to pick up a new activity. Whether they are interested in art, cooking, or learning a new language, it is easy to schedule in time either on the Internet, at camp, or in books.

 

Warm Weather Puts You In A Better Mood

            There are many studies that prove good weather improves your mood. So, what better time to learn something new than when you’re feeling good? Trying something new is always nerve-wracking. You don’t know if you will be good at it or if you will like it but with a positive attitude due to the warm weather, you will be more open to giving it a try. This will keep you optimistic when it gets difficult and you get frustrated. Keeping a positive attitude when trying something new is extremely important. It will encourage you to not give up and look on the bright side even when you are feeling discouraged.

 

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Stress Free Environment

            Summer is a time to have fun! There are no tests, quizzes, or homework to worry about so taking the time during the summer to learn something new should be stress free. If you can, get outside to do your new activity. The fresh air will inspire and increase creativity. It is also important to only focus on learning one new thing at a time. Besides the fact that you need to focus on the new activity if you want a genuine understanding of it, multi-tasking is also a big cause of stress. If you take the time to dedicate your focus to one activity at a time, not only will you be better at it, but you will also be able to enjoy it more. Take advantage of your stress free summer by learning a new activity and possibly finding a new passion.

 

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            It’s important to take time during the summer doing something you’re passionate about or to explore a new activity. It can be draining during the school year when you only focus on what you have to, rather than something that excites you. Spend your summer learning something new that you don’t have to opportunity to learn during the school year. The stress free, open schedule, and good weather of summer makes it the perfect time to do so!

 

If your children are not already signed up for a camp, you can look into specialty camps. These camps will focus on one specific activity so that campers can really perfect new skills. The Handwork Studio is a specialty camp with a focus in kids’ needle arts, machine sewing, and fashion. With multiple classes offered through out the summer and school year, The Handwork Studio works to instill a love of handwork arts in your children and teaches them skills that will last a lifetime.

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