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Niche Topics (Pregnancy and Kids) is all about practical parenting advice and parenting
skills to help you deal with common parenting challenges from toddlerhood to teen
years. You’ll find tons of healthy food ideas and easy-to-make kids meals, fun activity
ideas and creative crafts projects that kids love to do and play!
If you've kids, you might want to teach them how to knit. That way you are not only
teaching your children an art, but you are also keeping the skill alive in the future.
While knitting is great for developing fine motor skills and concentration, more
importantly, knitting strengthens the bond with your kids.
Some parents think that knitting is difficult for children. In fact, most kids are
ready to learn to knit from about age 6 and upwards. And, boys enjoy knitting just
as much as girls! Now, how to teach kids knitting?
First, get some yarn and needles. If you've some spare ones around in the house,
use them. Otherwise, get a standard DK acrylic yarn and some short needles (10" or
less) from your local yarn shop.
It may be tempting to purchase novelty yarns but these can be difficult to work with
and are not ideal for teaching knitting. Also, choose thick, light-colored yarn as
it will be for your children to see the stitches.
You might also want to consider special knitting needles designed for kids, where
the needles are different colors. These needles are useful in helping kids differentiate
between the right needle and the left needle.
Kids learn fast but like all other things, progress is usually slow at the start
so please be very patient when you teach kids knitting. Keep the lesson short and
fun or your kids will find that knitting is boring.
Use this knitting rhyme to help kids remember how to do the knit stitch – In through
the front door, once around the back, peek through the window, and off jumps Jack!
And to help kids remember the steps for the purl stitch – Down through the bunny
hole, around the big tree, up pops the bunny, and off goes she!
When your children have mastered the basics of knitting, they're now ready to knit
their first simple project. The internet is a great place to search for easy free
knitting patterns for children – hats, mittens, socks, purses and many more.
With a little patience, you can teach children knitting easily. Also, don't forget
to praise their efforts. Children need to know they are doing well. And, those items
which your children knit can be used for themselves, given as gifts, used to raise
funds or even donated to your local charity. Have fun!
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