Every week the girls and I go to a Waldorf school parent-child class. I attended the same class years ago when my boys were just about the same age as the girls are now. There's bread baking, singing, snacking, and joy. Every morning when Mia wakes up she asks if we're going to the class today - how sad I am to say no six out of seven days a week! I love the class too.
One of my favorite parts of the class is that crafting that parents do while sitting with and being present with the children (not intervening, hovering, or directing. Just being). Here is a tutorial for our most recent craft, lovely felt May Day crowns for our little ones. (Since May Day is tomorrow, I'm just going to call these spring flower crowns - really, you can make them any time of year, but in these colors they're a marvelous way to celebrate all the floral bounty of spring. In fall I can see them in richer, deeper colors with autumnal leaves, and in winter, pure white flowers with bright green leaves would be lovely.....).
Anyway, this is so simple that I could do it even though most other crafts have come to a complete halt for me. It's very fast as long as you have your materials handy. We usually try to always keep a stash of wool felt scraps on hand for various spontaneous projects. You also need yarn, a needle, and thread.
To make your rope, start by making a slip knot (leave a tail of about 5-6 inches).
and then after that, you are going to take the yarn coming from the ball of yarn (not the tail side), form it into a small loop and push it through the slip knot, pull it through and tighten the slip knot to take up the slack, and then repeat by taking a new loop and pulling it through the new slip knot you just created.
You'll do this over and over, but it goes very quickly. When you reach your desired length, cut the yarn about 5-6 inches away to make a tail, and pull it through the last loop and tighten to finish it off.
Next, make your felt flowers. I made two kinds, but you can use your imagination and make all sorts of different flowers.
Cut up your felt in shapes like those shown in the photo below - strips with one scalloped edge in different sizes and lengths, strips with one wavy side, cut flower centers (just little circles), and green leaves.
To make a flower with petals, take one of the scalloped strips and use your fingers to gather two or three of the petals and start shaping and sewing them into a round (felt is very forgiving and you'll be shaping/gathering/sewing all at the same time), keep going around the strip until you've gathered in all the petals, and sew through the middle until it is secure.
After you sew your round center piece on, place a few leaves on the crown wherever you like, and sew the flower directly onto the leaves and crown. Repeat in whatever colors you desire. You can also make variations by sewing two different-sized scalloped strips into flowers and layering the smaller one on top of the larger one before adding on the round center.
You can start sewing while you are gathering it into the round, and keep sewing till it's secure. Then sew it onto a leaf placed on your crown, and enjoy!