ENTREPRENEUR

My eleven year old daughter is a go getter! She has always loved craft and collecting seashells, so the other day I wasn’t surprised in the slightest when she announced she was going to start a business making frames decorated with shells.
I suggested she make the photo frames and mirrors more diverse than just shells, so she started creating them using Lego blocks, glass beads and buttons as well.
This venture combines her love of craft with her entrepreneurial flair. She knows she is too young to be employed so she has decided to start her own business to make money!
She has come up with a name for her business ‘Ames Frames’, has set up a dedicated Instagram account, has determined prices and worked out the running costs for her business. Next she wants to set up an ebay account and a website for sales.
At that age I had no idea about sales and marketing or profit and loss.
I’m so proud of her drive and determination to take on this venture. If this is what she is doing at eleven, I can only wonder what she will be able to achieve in the future!
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CRAZES

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Every few years a new fad rears it’s ugly head and the latest craze my kids have adopted is making loom band bracelets. For those who have been living under a rock for the last six months, loom bands are cheap little rubber bands (similar to those for braces) that are weaved together (much like our grandmother’s used to crochet) to make bracelets, necklaces, pen holders etc.

As with all good trends, a swarm of imitation kits are on the market and my younger kids just can’t seem to get enough of them. I mean really, how many necklaces and bracelets are enough? Soon my kids will end up looking like members of the Kayan tribe, with fluorescent bands all up their arms, legs and necks.

It is great to see them getting creative and enjoying craft type activities instead of screen time, but you know it has reached a point of saturation when you notice your husband nonchalantly leaving for work with a loom band ring on his finger!

We have weathered the trends of ‘Scoobies’ (plastic string that were weaved together to make bracelets), Pokemon cards and characters, jewellery beading, Lego (having just seen the movie I’m sure this passion will be reignited), ‘Beados’ (little bead things that stuck together with water) and ‘Stickits’ (foam pieces that are also stuck together with water).

I have decided I should come up with an idea for the next craze. There are a few keys things to consider:

  1. It must contain lots of little bits.
  2. It must be cheap and nasty to get the kids hooked.
  3. It must make parents look ridiculous when they are forced to wear/display the end product.
  4. It must come in a million colours so kids can buy a rainbow selection of colours even though they already have a million other pieces.
  5. It must be something that not only can you sell the product, but then you can make an app training the kids to use the product and sell that too!

There is no need to reinvent the wheel, so I’m going to brush up on my knitting, embroidery and macramé skills to see if I can adapt these for the new craze. Maybe it’s time for specially patented colourful string that the kids can do finger knitting with, or even better, bring back the pom pom! Who doesn’t need a pom pom animal or clothing, key rings and accessories made from pom poms? I think I may be onto something here, as this definitely fits the bill for making parents look ridiculous!

What trends have your kids been hooked on, or what crazes would you like to see return?

RECYCLING

My kids love this time of year, as we receive packaged items in the lead up to Christmas. What I see as packaging, they see as materials for projects!

Yesterday we had a delivery of some new outdoor furniture. Each chair had a black plastic sleeve over it for protection.  I removed these and asked my son to put them in the bin. When I came inside after setting up the new furniture I found all the plastic tubes taped together to make a long bendy pipe. My kids have turned this packaging into an ‘intercom’, which is hilarious given we actually have an intercom already. This ‘intercom’ allows more privacy than our electronic one as you can whisper into it and the person at the other end can still hear you. At first I thought it was cute, but after spending a day almost tripping over it, I’m really ready to retire the ‘intercom’ to the bin. I’m sure people at the top of the rubbish pile at the tip would like to talk with privacy to those at the bottom!

The cardboard that came as packaging has been cut up and turned into many weird and wonderful things. My daughter is currently making a cardboard Xmas wreath with painted pegs to hold Christmas cards. Again, very cute, but man she can make a mess when painting!

Even the little protective foam blocks inside a box have been kept and are currently being used as little ‘Christmas snow flakes’. How endearing (unless scattered all over your floor!) 

When we are encouraged to recycle, I’m not sure if this is what they had in mind! I love that the kids are creating their own fun and using their creativity, but I just wish it didn’t involve my house looking like a dump! As the saying goes, ‘Excuse the mess, my kids are making memories!’

 

 

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(Photo of our ‘intercom’ and kids doing craft at the kitchen table)