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​An adorable, wearable craft kids can make with household supplies

Children will complete this project from beginning to end.

​An adorable, wearable craft kids can make with household supplies

Like many moms, Gabrielle Kahn-Chiossone wears many hats. She’s an artist, a designer, illustrator, and self-proclaimed “Crafty Mom.” She’s kept her children busy making, creating and imagining for many years, and even now at 11 and 14, when they need a little push for an idea she is there with a project.


As an art educator, she specializes in teaching little ones how to recycle everyday articles into art, jewelry and so much more! Below she shares with us one of her most popular activities to get little ones to reuse, reduce, and recycle.

Start to Finish: Recycled Beading

Children will complete this project from beginning to end: prepping and creating the materials, working to string them carefully onto yarn and completing a beautiful piece of jewelry to wear!

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Step 1: Explore old magazines and newspapers for interesting pictures, wording or patterns. Select individual pages to tear or cut.

Step 2: Cut chosen pages into triangular shapes. (Parents should cut for toddlers and supervise preschool age children.)

Step 3: Using a pencil, cover the triangular pieces of paper with a glue stick and roll them into a bead.

Step 4: Once beads have dried, string each bead onto a yarn or pipe cleaner, deciding on what piece of jewelry to make (necklace, bracelet, anklet) and what order to string the beads.

Step 5: Once each bead is on the yarn your child is ready to display their individual (and recycled!) creation with pride!

Gabrielle now brings her passion for the arts and green living into families’ homes through Curated Care, an online marketplace that connects families to talented and skilled Kid Experts like Gabrielle. You can find Gabrielle on Curated Care under her unique title “Eco-Crafts for Little Hands.” Find more inspiring activities here.

This is how we’re defining success this school year

Hint: It's not related to grades.

In the ever-moving lives of parents and children, opportunities to slow down and reflect on priorities can be hard to come by. But a new school year scheduled to begin in the midst of a global pandemic offers the chance to reflect on how we should all think about measures of success. For both parents and kids, that may mean putting a fresh emphasis on optimism, creativity and curiosity.

Throughout recent decades, "school success" became entangled with "academic achievement," with cases of anxiety among school children dramatically increasing in the past few generations. Then, almost overnight, the American school system was turned on its head in the spring of 2020. As we look ahead to a new school year that will look like no year past, more is being asked of teachers, students and parents, such as acclimating to distance learning, collaborating with peers from afar and aiming to maintain consistency with schooling amidst general instability due to COVID.

Despite the inherent challenges, there is also an overdue opportunity to redefine success during the school year by finding fresh ways to keep students and their parents involved in the learning process.

"I always encourage my son to try at least one difficult thing every school year," says Arushi Garg, parenting blogger and mom of a 4-year-old. "This challenges him but also allows me to remind him to be optimistic! Lots of things in life are hard, and it's important we learn to be positive during difficult times. Fostering a sense of optimism allows kids to push beyond what they thought possible, like biking without training wheels or reading above their grade level."

Here are a few mantras to keep in mind this school year:

Quality learning matters more than quantifying learning

After focusing on standardized measures of academic success for so long, the learning environment this next school year may involve more independent, remote learning. Some parents are considering this an exciting opportunity for their children to assume a bigger role in what they are learning—and parents are also getting on board by supporting their children's education with engaging, positive learning materials like Highlights Magazine.

As a working mom, Garg also appreciates that Highlights Magazine can help engage her son while she's also working. She says, "He sits next to me and solves puzzles in the magazine or practices his writing from the workbook."

Keep an open mind as "school" looks different

Whether children are of preschool age or in the midst of high school, "going to school" is bound to look different this year. Naturally, this may require some adjustment as kids become accustomed to new guidelines. Although many parents may wish to shelter our kids from challenges, others believe optimism can be fostered through adversity when everyone is committed to adapting to new experiences.

"Honestly, I am yet to figure out when I will be comfortable sending [my son] back [to school]," says Garg. In the meantime, she's helping her son remain connected with friends who also read Highlights Magazine by encouraging the kids to talk about what they are learning on video calls.

Follow children's cues about what interests them

For Garg, her biggest hope for this school year is that her son will create "success" for himself by embracing new learning possibilities with positivity.

"Encouraging my son to try new things has given him a chance to prove that he can do anything," she says. "He takes his previous success as an example now and feels he can fail multiple times before he succeeds."

There's no denying that this school year will be far from the norm. But, perhaps, we can create a new, better way of defining our children's success in school because of it.

This article was sponsored by Highlights. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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