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Winter is still firmly entrenched over most of the country, so we decided to embrace housebound days and re-visit some of the classic games of our girlhood. We weren't sure we remembered the detailed rules of old faves like jacks and hopscotch, so we turned to the newest literary rage, The Daring Book for Girls. Between robins-egg blue covers, the authors lovingly describe many a nearly-forgotten pastime. Want to know how to make a lanyard, create a daisy chain or even put your hair up with pencils? How about making paper flowers, tying bandanas or building a campfire? The list is like a trip down memory lane, but sharing some of these lost arts with your daughters is like catching up with an old friend. For just a few dollars, we brought home a few sets of jacks, and with the help of the book, challenged our girls to a game. Onesies and twosies were no problem for us moms, but threesies and around the world? Turns out, those modern fingers are just as nimble with jacks as they are with texting.
Once upon a time, knitting was something that Great Aunt Millie did to commemorate new babies. No longer. Knitting has picked up cache among the elementary-school set, and we have watched many a cool knitting store pop up around town. Inspired by our success with projects from The Daring Book for Girls, we investigated classes for kids and discovered that beginning knitting classes for girls and boys are all the rage. Most stores will also be happy to get your kids started on their first project, most often, a small blanket or scarf. Not expecting the Groundhog to see his shadow any day soon, we took our kids to a local shop and let them choose some yarn and easy-to-use first needles. While their first efforts were far from perfect, there is something endearing about their first blanket with a bunch of dropped stitches. By their second projects, our girls became mini-fashion designers, determined to create colorful skinny scarves that would reach almost to the ground to greet the first days of spring.
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Endangered Crafts: Learning to Knit
Age Recommendation: third grade and up
Time Allotment: a few hours
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