Clothespin Role Model Dolls Embroidery Floss Crafts
I love this diversity craft! A large part of Girl Scouting reinforces good role modeling. From the council to the leaders to the older girls to the younger girls, Girl Scouts look up to those who are ahead of them on the journey. In addition to role models within the Girl Scout environment, there are many other out in the world. Girls look up to teachers, coaches, politicians and community leaders. As girls grow and progress through the journeys, they work on a lot of activities that focus on role models. This project is great for the aMUSE journey in Juniors but could be applicable at all of the levels. Daisies could make them when they are working on the RESPECT AUTHORITY petal by creating an authority figure. This is one of my favorite embroidery floss crafts.
Give the girls old fashioned clothes pins, craft thread, buttons and glue. Ask them to create dolls of some of their favorite roll models. Their role models might be alive and they might be from the past. Remind them that their heroes might not look or have anything in common with them. This is where the magic lies.
For the best results, use the AdTech Cool Tool, a super low heat hot glue. It works great for embroidery floss crafts that are not all about stitching. If you are still concerned with girls getting burned, use a fast grab tacky glue. Wrapping the string around the clothespins is easy peasy. To get it to stay in place, you only need a TINY bit of glue. Can you guess who these two dolls are in real life?
This rendition of Taylor Swift is adorable.
Buttons are a fun addition to add a little detail and character. I love the button used in Michelle Obama’s hair. Buttons are always a great addition to embroidery floss crafts.
FREE Printable for Role Model Dolls
Sometimes girls will request to color the clothespin to represent ethnicity. Water based markers work great for this. You could also use acrylic paints but if you do, paint BEFORE adding the embroidery floss for clothing and hair, etc. If you want your girls to write about their dolls, this FREE printable might help.
More Great Ideas for Embroidery Floss Crafts
Here are some more fun ways to use embroidery floss to create fun things. Making a God’s Eye is a great idea. It is super fun to do while camping too.
Stitching on an old pair of jeans to make patches rocks too. This is a super fun way to explore hand embroidery for the first time.
Here are three more ideas too.
Seven Reasons Kids Should Be Crafting
There are unlimited numbers of reasons that kids should be crafting. Based on research and opinions of experts, I am excited to share seven of my favorite reasons to get messy and make all the things with your kiddos.
Practice Fine Motor Skills – GREAT for Embroidery Floss Crafts
Many craft projects require the use of fine motor skills to cut, tie knots, paint, color and even apply glue. Crafting provides a great opportunity to work on fine motor skills while creating works of art.
Build Self Esteem
Through the process of creating a craft project, a child works through a series of steps to make a masterpiece. The success of completing steps and having something wonderful to show for it has proven to build self esteem.
Many craft projects that are done by kids in classrooms or groups collectively create a larger work of art. For example. When a group of kids create individual pumpkin crafts – once put together they have a patch. This creates community and inclusion.
Build Social Skills
While actively crafting, often times the fears and worries of talking with others subsides and children (of all ages) find themselves to be more social with those around them,
Craft projects should allow children the opportunity to put their own style or mark into their work. There need to be choices available to successfully promote individuality. Some of these choices include picking colors, crayons vs colored pencils, cutting vs tearing paper and outlining.
Encourages Self Expression
Often times children will express their feelings and thoughts through simple drawing and works of art. Encouraging kids to draw in their journals and add their own elements to projects sometimes offers a release of feelings.
Cheers to the women who lead the way.
Cheers to Girl Scouts. Cheers to Crafting!
Cheers to Embroidery Floss Crafts Galore.