Crafts are a traditional part of the Y Guides programs. Having an interesting and rewarding craft at every other meeting serves a valuable purpose.
For the Guide/ Princess, crafts help achieve:
- Learning to use hands to make things
- Making something to take home to show to others and to display in room
- Spending time with and making something jointly with dad
For the Big Guide, crafts help achieve:
- Working with and teaching son/ daughter
- Having a learning experience
- Improving skills in various areas
Advance preparation is the key to a successful craft project. Learn to utilize the craft at each meeting as a quick and concise portion of your meeting. It‘s important that all crafts are completed during the meeting (in usually 10-15 minutes) and do not need to be finished at home.
Here‘s some helpful suggestions!
- Have all materials necessary for project.
- Have a sample. Make one at home in advance of meeting. This will give you an idea of the time involved.
- Arrange distribution and method in detail.
- Father and child togetherness during craft time keeps the focus on the craft.
- Have all materials close at hand to permit quick start.
- Don't be content with a poorly organized and conducted craft period.
Crafts for First-Year Guides/ Princesses
Three words: "Keep It Simple". Remember you want to have a craft that the Little Guide/ Princess can do, or almost do, by himself/ herself with assistance from Big Guide. It should be a craft that can be easily completed in a short period of time. The attention span for first year Guides/ Princesses is not very long.
Crafts for Second-Year Guides/ Princesses
Crafts for the second-year Guide/ Princess should be both challenging and rewarding. Remember the three words: Simple, Interesting, and Inexpensive. The craft for this age level should be simple enough for the kids to complete, yet a bit more challenging than last year. Big Guides should continue to help make all crafts with their children, hopefully with a bit less instruction. It‘s necessary to use your imagination in selecting a craft. Without this, you will have a dull craft and a restless group. Be certain that the craft does not cost an excessive amount of money.
Crafts for Third-Year guides/ Princesses
Modify or change the craft procedure of the first and second years. The children are developing and need more difficult tasks. Dad's interest also lags if the routine of the first years is continued.
Keep the program theme. Father and child must participate together. Utilize crafts in support of other third year programs such as camping, service, or athletics.
Develop a custom-themed project or two that takes the entire year to complete. Have each dad develop a project related to his business or hobby.
Only with the interest of all the dads, will the craft be a success. Involve the fathers in the development of ideas and require constant side-by-side participation of fathers and sons/ daughters.