To many mothers, a serious concern these days is that their kids aren’t utilizing their imaginations enough. Surrounded by iPads, smart phones, and computers, lots of parents worry that the constant feed of pre-calculated entertainment and screens will stunt children’s ability to develop their creativity.
A great way to curb this is by giving kids plenty of time where they aren’t watching a screen of any kind. Time where they get excited to use their imaginations and be creative.
Crochet at Play, by the amazing Kat Goldin, can work wonders. This collection of thirty patterns will spark your little ones’ ideas by giving them bright, cozy blankets, rugs, toys, pillows, and clothes to play with. This irresistible collection is for newborns up to six-year-olds, and is for any level of crocheter —even if you’re brand new at it.
The book is divided into the chapters Head & Shoulders; Fingers, Knees, & Toes; Whole Self; and The Play Room. How cute!!! It takes you through basic stitches and techniques with advice on materials, equipment, and suppliers. Every pattern has step-by-step instructions accompanied by sweet, lovely photography by Kat herself.
Kat is a mother of three who began crocheting as a child. Disappointed with the patterns she was finding, she began designing her own pieces and sharing her projects on her blog. Now, with Crochet at Play, she is helping parents understand the importance of unlocking the world of their kids’ creativity.
“I want these projects to be fun to make, fun to wear, and fun to see,” Kat says.
Mission accomplished! You can purchase Crochet at Play here—just be sure to get the correct version, since the UK uses different terms and abbreviations than the US does.