One of my favorite things about my kid’s preschool is that it’s service-learning based. They require that parents and kids get involved in volunteer projects through the school that benefit the school and the community. Service is such a great way to teach kids about empathy and helping others, and what better way to get them jazzed about giving back than with crafting? Here are 10 ways that you and your kids can get crafty to make a difference in your community and worldwide.
1. Quilts for Kids – This group helps you create and donate quilts for kids in hospital. Not all fabrics are hospital-friendly, and Quilts for Kids helps you navigate hospital donation requirements.
2. Mother Bear Project – Knit or crochet a teddy bear for children impacted by HIV and AIDS in developing countries.
3. Love Quilts – Cross stitchers and quilters team up to create quilt squares and assemble them into quilts for children with life-threatening illnesses.
4. Operation Write Home – Donate homemade greeting cards to men and women in the armed forces, so that they can send cards home for the holidays.
5. Crop for a Cause – This annual paper crafting event raises money for multiple sclerosis research.
6. Make Moveable Alphabets – Julie at Crafting a Green World shows you how to make a moveable alphabet to donate to a school or community group in your area.
7. New Life for Old Bags – This group turns old plastic grocery bags into sleeping mats for Chicago’s homeless.
8. NCAA Net Works – This New York group uses knit and crochet to repair basketball hoops at run down playgrounds.
9. Make Seed Bombs – Spring is almost here, and it’s a great time to beautify blighted areas with seed bombs full of local wildflower or food seeds. Just make sure you bomb with respect. The idea is to beautify areas that need it.
10. Afghans for Afghans – Send some knit or crochet comfort to someone living in war-torn Afghanistan. You can make blankets, sweaters, vests, hats, mittens, or socks.