My kids have always drawn or played Lego while I read aloud. Once I learned that research shows that using your hands while listening actually helps you concentrate and remember better, I added to the list of quiet listening activities with things like latch hook, beading and snow flake cutting. The new favorite in our house is needlepoint.
Not only is needlepoint relatively easy for my kids who are as young as 7 but instead of following a pattern to make a picture like on latch hook, they love being able to take a premade needlepoint plastic form and choose whatever colors they want to use. We have made hearts or crosses. We have given them as gifts and made them just for fun. This latest visit to the craft store introduced my daughters to a fantastic new plastic pattern – a purse. Simply fill it in with needlepoint, fold and stitch the sides together. Add a button and a handle if you like.
A pack of small heart shapes is under 2 dollars and can be easily completed by Valentine’s Day so give it a try!