After I got through with something yesterday, that phrase “That Magic Moment” kept running through my head. Recently, I was invited to share my love of crochet with the after school program at our elementary school. I did that yesterday. I wanted to make crochet something they would find interesting and want to learn more about. I must say, it was a success.
I was going to approach it as an opportunity to teach them how to crochet. But I changed my mind and decided a different approach. I wanted to get their curiosity up and leave them wanting more. It worked and here is what I did in case someone else wants to try it or has the magical chance to introduce the craft to young ones.
I started out by showing them a few samples of crochet. These were just things I normally have with me- a cap, part of a blanket, some pieces of jewelry. Then I asked a boy to come up who was wearing a knitted cap and explained that his was made with 2 needles while mine was with one.
Then I showed them samples of a variety of yarns I have used. It told them I had also crochet with plastic bags and old sheets. Their faces were like “What?!”
Next I opened my paint brush pouch that I carry my hooks in. I had brought a variety of hooks from the wood one my husband made me for making rugs to the tiniest metal hook I have. I made sure I included a new Crochet Lite hook ( I knew the boys would love it since my grandson pretended like it was a light saber).
I answered questions and got the classic “My grandmother does that.” I left everything on the table and encouraged the students to come up and look at everything, play with it, whatever. I told the teachers not to worry. I didn’t bring anything that I would be upset if they handled. So the new hook became a light saber, the yarns got stabbed and the scraps got worn on the heads.
But what I loved was when one of the teachers asked if I would be willing to teach her how to crochet. She promised the ones that were interested that she would help them also. So I promised that next week I would spend at least 30 minutes every afternoon working with them. I suggested what kind of yarn to get (forgot to suggest a hook) and will start teaching her how to make a single crochet cap.