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How can I justify crocheting while my children are home for the summer?

There only a few weeks until summer. A few weeks until my three children are running around the house all day long. I have been so busy this year helping in school and working on end of the year teacher gifts that I didn’t realize how soon this is coming. I am a mom of three children and I use to be a teacher, so it is very important to me that we fit in some educational activities over the summer. So I have since started to prepare. I bought workbooks at Five Below, writing paper and craft supplies off Amazon, and made a list of day trips that were both fun and educational. I also took a trip to a used bookstore to stock up on more challenging books.

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As I rushed to prepare for the chaos of summer, I realized I prepared for my kiddos education and enjoyment but neglected to consider how to deal with my own sanity. Well of course that does involve crochet, so I made a second column of next to my list for the kids and placed projects I wanted to make on it. However, it seemed crazy that those two things had to be separated all summer. I am one of those people who can’t but do five things at once and also because I have more to do than hours in a day.

It occurred to me that I could work on crochet projects that could be turned into educational activities for my kids.  There are so many great projects out there that you could make almost anything and find an education purpose for it. With this inspiration, I have decided to start a 6 week series with crochet items you can make and how you can repurpose it into an educational activity with your kids.

The first project I am going to feature is by Loops and Love Crochet.  This very talented designer made a very beautiful Crochet Valentine’s Day Countdown Calendar.  When I saw this, the uses for this after Valentine’s day exploded. Why not relax and crochet something fun that you can use with your children.  My very first thought was to use this for reading. One of the most important tasks children need to do over the summer is to read books. The more they read the more their language will explode and of course they need to work on comprehension as well.  Most kids aren’t overly thrilled to dissect a book when they could be outside playing or other activities unrelated to school. This project would be a great tool to motivate kids to read.

Here are some activities you could try.  After they complete the activities for 7-14 days, they would receive an incentive.  It could be things such as extra time or an extra trip to the park, extra tablet time, new craft supplies, going to the store to buy a new book, or whatever works best for your kiddos.

Reading

  • Each day your child reads they place the heart in the next number.  
  • This Valentine’s Countdown Calendar can be used to track how many books the student has read.  The goal would be to read 14 books in a certain period of time.
  • Novel study questions
  • Take 14 pieces of paper and write a new vocabulary words on each card.  Each day pull out the card. Look up the word in a dictionary. Read it in a sentence.  Discuss the meaning. Write a sentence using the word.

Math

  • Place a heart in each number after they have completed a worksheet filled with addition or subtraction problems.
  • Place a heat in each number as they learn to count by 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, etc.
  • Place a heart in each number as they learn each set of multiplication facts.
  • Place a heart in each number as they learn their division facts each day.
  • Create two hearts and place each one in a number.  The child will then have to add, subtract, multiply, or divide those numbers.  After they complete that problem, place the two hearts in two different numbers and do it again.  
  • Place photos of shapes in each pocket.  Discuss what the shape is and what items in the real world are that shape.
  • Learn how to work with decimal numbers. Each time they master a decimal place put the heart in the next number.

Younger Children

  • Place a new letter or number in each pocket.  Each day they go over the letter or number.
  • Print photos of animals or objects.  Each day show them the photo and teach them to identify the animal or object.

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How Can I Justify Crocheting While My Children are Home for Summer? 2

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Now that you have seen last weeks post, I hope you are calming down at the thought of school letting out.  There’s plenty to do and now you have at least a few ways to turn this amazing crochet hobby into something fun for you kiddos.  This pattern is for a number block. It is also part of the Welcome to Summer Blog Hop. You can click the link below to purchase all of these awesome patterns in one ebook for a discounted price of $16.

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This pattern is one I love because it can be used in so many different ways.  It also can also be used to exhaust your little one. I actually took my kiddos to a party and they were antsy.  I grabbed this out of my car and they had a catch with it. Then when they got bored of that we rolled the dice and they had to do an exercise or run back and forth the amount of times they rolled. Another day we pulled out a board game and the dice was missing, so we used these Number Blocks.

There are two different dice I designed.  One goes from 1-6 and the other is 7-12. I made two so their use can be expanded to older children as well. Here are some activities you can do with these Number Blocks. If you like these activities, subscribe to my email list to be one of the first to know about new posts.

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Activities

  • Roll the dice twice and add or subtract those numbers.
  • Roll the dice twice and multiply or divide those numbers.  This would such a great way to help your kiddo practice their multiplication facts.  You could throw it in between problems to help them learn in a more relaxed environment.
  • Practice identifying numbers
  • Roll the dice a few times and use those number to practice placing a comma in a number or learn decimal places
  • Roll a number and count that many crayons or count another object
  • Use the number block instead of any dice that come with board games
  • Have a catch
  • Roll the number block and do an exercise that many times

Okay! Now that you have plenty of activities to do with your kiddos, lets get to the pattern.

Number Block Pattern

Materials

            Any worst weighted yarn in two colors

            5.0mm (H)

            Needle

Stuffing

Gauge

            16 sts & 20 rows = 4”

Notes

  • The only stitch used is single crochet.  After the first line, I stopped writing sc but it is used for the entire pattern.
  • The numbers on the top and bottom of a dice usually add up to 7.  I did this for the first number block.  On the second number block, the two numbers should add up to 18.  There is a diagram below with how it should be laid out.
  • Every row of every square will have 15 stitches across.  Each block will have 17 rows.
  • After number 1 and 2, I did not write ch 1 and turn.  It will only state the number of stitches for each color.  You will still need to ch 1 and turn.  All the blocks will start the same as block number 1 and 2.  You will ch 17 in color A and sc in the second chain from the hook and sc across.
  • You can use dk or bulky weight yarn instead but it will result in a smaller or bigger number block.

Number 1

Ch 17 using color A

1) Using color A sc in the second chain from the hook, sc across (15)

2 – 3) Ch 1, turn, 15 color A (15)

4 – 14)  Ch 1, turn, 6 color A, 3 color B, 6 color A (15)

15 – 17) Ch 1, turn, 15 color A, fasten off (15)

Number 2

            Ch 17 using color A

  1. Using color A sc in the second chain from the hook, sc across
  2. Ch 1, turn, 15 color A
  3. Ch 1, turn, 3 color A, 9 color B, 3 color A
  4. Repeat row 3
  5. 5. Ch 1, turn, 9 color A, 3 color B, 3 color A
  6. 6. Ch 1, turn,  4 color A, 3 color B, 8 color A
  7. 7. Ch 1, turn, 7 color A, 3 color B, 5 color A
  8. 8. Ch 1, turn, 6 color A, 3 color B, 6 color A
  9. 9. Ch 1, turn,  5 color A, 3 color B, 7 color A
  10. 10. Ch 1, turn, 8 color A, 3 color B, 4 color A
  11. 11. Ch 1, turn, 3 color A, 3 color B, 9 color A
  12. 12. Ch 1, turn, 10 color A, 2 color B, 3 color A
  13. 13. Ch 1, turn, 3 color A, 3 color B, 4 color A, 2 color B, 3 color A
  14. 14. Ch 1, turn,  3 color A, 8 color B, 4 color A
  15. 15. Ch 1, turn, 5 color A, 6 color B, 4 color A
  16. 16. Ch 1, turn, 15 color A
  17. 17. repeat row 16, fasten off

Number 3

  1. 15 color A
  2. Repeat row 1
  3. Repeat row 1
  4. 4 color A, 5 color B, 6 color A
  5. 5 color A, 6 color B, 4 color A
  6. 8 color A, 3 color B, 4 color A
  7. 4 color A, 2 color B, 9 color A
  8. 8 color A, 3 color B, 4 color A
  9. 5 color A, 5 color B, 5 color A
  10. 5 color A, 5 color B, 5 color A
  11. 4 color A, 3 color B, 8 color A
  12. 9 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A
  13. 4 color A, 3 color B, 8 color A
  14. 4 color A, 6 color B, 5 color A
  15. 6 color A, 5 color B, 4 color A
  16. 15 color A
  17. Repeat row 16

Number 4

  1. 15 color A
  2. Repeat row 1
  3. 4 color A, 2 color B, 9 color A
  4. 9 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A
  5. Repeat row 3
  6. Repeat row 4
  7. 2 color A, 10 color B, 3 color A
  8. 3 color A, 10 color B, 2 color A
  9. 4 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A, 2 color B, 3 color A
  10. 3 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A
  11. Repeat row 9
  12. Repeat row 10
  13. Repeat row 9
  14. Repeat row 10
  15. Repeat row 9
  16. 15 color A
  17. Repeat row 16, fasten off

Number 5

  1. 15 color A
  2. Repeat row 1
  3. 6 color A, 5 color B, 4 color A
  4. 4 color A, 6 color B, 5 color A
  5. 4 color A, 3 color B, 8 color A
  6. 9 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A
  7. 4 color A, 2 color B, 9 color A
  8. 8 color A, 3 color B, 4 color A
  9. 5 color A, 5 color B, 5 color A
  10. 4 color A, 5 color B, 6 color A
  11. 9 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A
  12. 4 color A, 2 color B, 9 color A
  13. Repeat row 11
  14. 4 color A, 7 color B, 4 color A
  15. Repeat row 14
  16. 15 color A
  17. Repeat row 16, fasten off

Number 6

  1. 15 color A
  2. Repeat row 1
  3. 5 color A, 4 color B, 6 color A
  4. 5 color A, 6 color B, 4 color A
  5. 3 color A, 3 color B, 2 color A, 3 color B, 4 color A
  6. 4 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A, 2 color B, 3 color A
  7. 3 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A
  8. 4 color A, 3 color B, 2 color A, 3 color B, 3 color A
  9. 4 color A, 7 color B, 4 color A
  10. 4 color A, 6 color B, 5 color A
  11. 9 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A
  12. 4 color A, 2 color B, 9 color A
  13. 8 color A, 3 color B, 4 color A
  14. 5 color A, 6 color B, 4 color A
  15. 4 color A, 5 color B, 6 color A
  16. 15 color A
  17. Repeat row 16

 

Number 7

  1. 15 color A
  2. Repeat row 1
  3. Repeat row 1
  4. 6 color A, 2 color B, 7 color A
  5. 7 color A, 2 color B, 6 color A
  6. 7 color A, 2 color B, 6 color A
  7. 6 color A, 2 color B, 7 color A
  8. 8 color A, 2 color B, 5 color A
  9. 5 color A, 2 color B, 8 color A
  10. 9 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A
  11. 4 color A, 2 color B, 9 color A
  12. 10 color A, 2 color B, 3 color A
  13. 3 color A, 2 color B, 10 color A
  14. 5 color A, 7 color B, 3 color A
  15. 3 color A, 7 color B, 7 color A
  16. 15 color A
  17. Repeat row 16

Number 8

  1. 15 color A
  2. Repeat row 1
  3. 6 color A, 4 color B, 5 color A
  4. 4 color A, 6 color B, 5 color A
  5. 4 color A, 3 color B, 2 color A, 3 color B, 3 color A
  6. 3 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A
  7. 4 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A, 2 color B, 3 color A
  8. 4 color A, 2 color B, 2 color A, 2 color B, 5 color A
  9. 6 color A, 4 color B, 5 color A
  10. 4 color A, 2 color B, 2 color A, 2 color B, 5 color A
  11. 4 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A, 2 color B, 3 color A
  12. 3 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A
  13. 4 color A, 3 color B, 2 color A, 3 color B, 3 color A
  14. 4 color A, 6 color B, 5 color A
  15. 6 color A, 4 color B, 5 color A
  16. 15 color A
  17. Repeat row 16

Number 9

  1. 15 color A
  2. Repeat row 1
  3. Repeat row 1
  4. 5 color A, 4 color B, 6 color A
  5. 5 color A, 6 color B, 4 color A
  6. 4 color A, 2 color B, 2 color A, 3 color B, 4 color A
  7. 4 color A, 2 color B, 9 color A
  8. 9 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A
  9. 4 color A, 5 color B, 6 color A
  10. 5 color A, 6 color B, 4 color A
  11. 4 color A, 2 color B, 3 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A
  12. 4 color A, 2 color B, 3 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A
  13. 4 color A, 2 color B, 3 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A
  14. 5 color A, 5 color B, 5 color A
  15. 6 color A, 3 color B, 6 color A
  16. 15 color A
  17. 15 color A

Number 10

  1. 15 color A
  2. Repeat row 1
  3. Repeat row 1
  4. 2 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A, 3 color B, 4 color A
  5. 3 color A, 5 color B, 3 color A, 2 color B, 2 color A
  6. 2 color A, 2 color B, 2 color A, 3 color B, 1 color A, 3 color B, 2 color A
  7. 2 color A, 2 color B, 3 color A, 2 color B, 2 color A, 2 color B, 2 color A
  8. 2 color A, 2 color B, 2 color A, 2 color B, 3 color A, 2 color B, 2 color A
  9. Repeat row 7
  10. Repeat row 8
  11. Repeat row 7
  12. 2 color A, 2 color B, 2 color A, 3 color B, 1 color A, 3 color B, 2 color A
  13. 3 color A, 5 color B, 3 color A, 2 color B, 2 color A
  14. 2 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A, 3 color B, 4 color A
  15. 15 color A
  16. Repeat row 15
  17. Repeat row 15

Number 11

            1-3) 15 color A

            4-14) 4 color A, 2 color B, 3 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A

            15-17) 15 color A

Number 12

  1. 15 color A
  2. Repeat row 1
  3. Repeat row 1
  4. 2 color A, 2 color B, 2 color A, 7 color B, 2 color A
  5. 2 color A, 7 color B, 2 color A, 2 color B, 2 color A
  6. 2 color A, 2 color B, 3 color A, 2 color B, 6 color A
  7. 5 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A, 2 color B, 2 color A
  8. 2 color A, 2 color B, 5 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A
  9. 3 color A, 2 color B, 6 color A, 2 color B, 2 color A
  10. 2 color A, 2 color B, 7 color A, 2 color B, 2 color A
  11. 2 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A, 1 color B, 2 color A, 2 color B, 2 color A
  12. 2 color A, 2 color B, 2 color A, 2 color B, 2 color A, 3 color B, 2 color A
  13. 3 color A, 5 color B, 3 color A, 2 color B, 2 color A
  14. 2 color A, 2 color B, 4 color A, 3 color B, 4 color A
  15. 15 color A
  16. Repeat row 15
  17. Repeat row 15

After completing blocks 1-6 or 7-12, it is time to sew everything together.  There is no need to weave ends in.  They can all be hidden inside the block.  I put my blocks together just like a dice is.  The number on the top and bottom should equal the same on all sides, so the 1-6 block will equal 7 and the 7-12 will equal 19.  Here is a layout of how everything should be attached:

When sewing all the blocks together, leave one side unsewn.  Stuff the block.  Then sew up the final side.  That’s it.  You are all done and ready to play!

When you are done, feel free to share your finished work on Instagram using #llamaunraveled. You are welcome to sell completed projects, but please link back to my site. Please do not copy my pattern, do not redistribute my pattern, do not claim it as your own, and do not publish it anywhere.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

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