I always have such good intentions when it comes to crafts. It's such a family joke that whenever someone says, "I could make that", we all laugh at them. My basement is full of boxes of art and craft supplies and patterns purchased with good intentions. But the road to hell is paved with superwash yarn and mosaic garden paver kits. Speaking of superwash yarn though, I actually finished a craft project today that I wanted to share with you because it is so quick, easy, and satisfying. I finished it in one park playdate and one after-the-kids-are-in-bed time. It's THAT quick.
It's a Waldorf play crown. Some of you may be thinking hotels and apple salad, but in this context Waldorf is referring to the educational approach. It's Montessori's long haired hippie cousin. They really emphasize imagination and fantasy during the preschool years. They also value simple, high quality toys made from natural materials - but who doesn't? So, long story short, a knitted wool crown becomes infinitely more hip when you call it a "Waldorf Play Crown". Call it what you want, my kids love it.
The pattern is available for free over at Tangled. Pamela there did a year of free patterns for 2010 and this crown was November's offering.
So, if your kids are bored this summer, maybe all they need is a few crowns to get those imaginative juices flowing. Pair one of these with some flower fairy wings a la The Artful Parent and who knows what might happen...
"O, then, I see Queen Mab hath been with you.
She is the fairies' midwife, and she comes
In shape no bigger than an agate-stone
On the fore-finger of an alderman.."