My 8 year old son just loves hands on activities. He would spend his entire day crafting and creating. His mind is always on creative things. I love hands-on and creativity but I also find that I need some balance with book work and lean more towards a Classical Education model with a flair of Charlotte Mason and Hands-on. What does that mean? It means we read a lot, recite a lot and narrate a lot all while being crafty!
Thank you to Timberdoodle for providing the Djeco Lush Nature kit for review.
So how do I balance my love of good books with my son's love of crafting? I've found that giving him something to keep him busy while I read to him has made a huge difference in our school time. He willingly listens when he has something to busy his hands. I had heard that advice years ago from Andrew Pudewa at a homeschool conference. He said let them play legos, or knit while you read. So I've always added things to our homeschool. Somedays it might be drawing and other days it is a neat art kit like Djeco Lush Nature scratch art kit.
This kit includes:
- 4 scratch art sheets in jungle theme
- An inspirational booklet
- 1 stylus
J-man was very excited when I pulled this kit out. I let him pick which one he wanted to start with and he choose the leopard. At first he wanted to do his own designs and worked for quite some time doing that. Then he wanted to look in the booklet for some ideas on how to decorate. He worked on this for a good 30 minutes while I read to him. We were able to do several of the portions of our reading and he was able to comprehend all while still doing his art. I really think that his brain lends to working better when he is keeping his hands busy.
J-man working while I read aloud Winnie-the-Pooh.
Djeco Lush Nature kit retails for just $5.99. It is recommended for ages 7-13 and is included in Timberdoodle's Sixth Grade Curriculum Kit. I plan to pick up the space version next as well as Djeco Bugs kit which is for ages 3-6 for my younger son so they can work on them together.
This was a great little kit. It was fairly mess free. The scratching does make a little debris (kind of like a lottery scratch off) but it is easy enough that my son cleaned it up. There is no wrong or right way to do the art so I like that as it is encouraging to be able to produce a cool project. It is also a great way to work on fine motor skills which is always needed with my little kids. All in all this was a total hit in our house!
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