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Corn Husk Dolls

Corn Husk Dolls

Pin It Since it is harvest time at the farms around here, we decided to make a corn husk doll. Unlike most of the crafts I post on here, this is really one for older kids or adults.  However, little ones can be helpers and I think there is a lot to be gained from them observing their older siblings and parents as they prepare for the changes in the season.  And younger children can decorate, dress, … Read entire article »

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Books About the Dreamcatcher Legend

Books About the Dreamcatcher Legend

My daughter was concerned about bad dreams so we made a children’s craft version of a dreamcatcher together. I shared with her the Ojibway legends of the dreamcatcher but we did not have any books about dreamcatchers.  Fortunately, my local library came through and I can recommend these two stories to go with the craft and any lessons about Ojibway culture. Pin It Dreamcatcher: This tale of an older sister weaving a dreamcatcher for her baby sibling has … Read entire article »

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Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

My daughter has been asking for ways to keep out “bad dreams”. I suggested we make a dreamcatcher together. The authentic method involves willow branches and a knotting technique that might be a bit tricky for a four year old. So, I modified it so she could craft her own, simple version of a dreamcatcher. Pin It Materials: paper plate paints, glitter, stickers for decorating scissors single hole punch beads feathers string or yarn Directions: 1. Cut out the center of the paper plate. 2. … Read entire article »

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