Parents magazine has partnered with charitable organizations across the country to develop programs that benefit children and animals in need, while at the same time teaching your own children the true spirit.
The charity: Enchanted Makeovers deals for women and children living in shelters.
The project: Turn colorful socks are into a fun doll. Begin by filling a fresh cushioned cushion sock; cover it with glue or rubber band. Then have your child slice off felt facial features, arms, wings, and more. She can arrange those features and stick to them with tacky glue. After that, the parent can do further protect thee felt features with simple hand-stitching or glue.
The charity: Nonprofit able Camp Dreamcatcher.
The project: Now brighten up campers’ stay with a handmade pillowcase. Cut the forms of 1⁄4 “homemade plastic, cover with acrylic paint and stamp on a pre-washed cotton pillowcase. Let it dry and set. Wash and dry again. Bonus is if your child is allowed to write, please havee her add a welcome messagee with aa fabric marker.
The charity: The Anti-Cruelty Association seeks to find permanent homes for abandoned and neglected pets.
The project: Give a rescued dog an eye-catching look with a handmade bandanna to help attract a new family. Cut a 22-inch square piece of jersey cloth in half to make a triangle. Then draw a picture with a permanent fine-tip marker for your son. Aid her to use a large needle and thread to stitch overdrawn design; hook at the ends to finish.
The charity: Project Linus offers handmade blankets to needy kids across the United States.
The project: Become a “blanket ever” by creating one of these dreamy jets of sweatshirt stuff. Simply measure, slice, and tie in the direction of the prototype.
The charity: St. Jude Kids Research Hospital treats and studies childhood cancer and other severe pediatric diseases.
The project: Crafters should attach 1-inch-wide scraps of cloth into comfortable and happy bracelets for children to wear in the hospital.