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lots of new classes & tips on starting kids early to be creative

Emily’s Bites of Fun: 

     Working with Kids:

Helping your child see shapes and colors around them is an important part of nurturing their creativity and artistic abilities (to say nothing of math and engineering skills too!). This can seem like a daunting and extremely easy task all at the same time. It’s just a matter of teaching circles, squares, triangles and red, green, yellow, blue, right? I thought so too until my daughter’s preschool teacher told me that identifying shapes is something my daughter struggles with. I think it’s such a seemingly easy task to teach these basics that I often miss opportunities to teach them in new ways.

One way of helping teach your child about different shapes and seeing them around us is talking about what things look like. For example, what shape does a tree look like? It could be a triangle and a straight line or it could be a circle with a straight line. Another shape to look for is rectangles—all those billboards and store fronts make great examples. Talking about the shapes of letters on signs and stores is another fun option. My 2-year-old son loves playing the spare tire game that we created. We have to find spare tires, circles, while we’re out driving.

If you’re completely stuck or want another way of interacting with shapes, check out these fun picture books.

-Brown Rabbit’s Shapes by Alan Baker

-Walter’s Wonderful Web by Tom Hopgood

-Apples and Robins by Lucie Felix

-Shape Capers by Cathryn Falwell

Another option is to get some square paper and fold it into triangles and then make a smaller square and create some basic animals, such as a dog, cat, bird,and mouse.

A final idea is to save some of the shipping boxes you get when ordering something online and tape them shut or open depending on the size. Use the boxes to create towers and cities or tunnels. One of our favorite “box” books is “The Birthday Box” by Leslie Patricelli.

Most importantly, have fun. If you have fun doing something, it will rub off onto your children and those around you.

A Note From Emily:

I love all the colors of Easter with the fun neutrals and hues.  No matter how you celebrate, make sure you stop to enjoy and take advantage of this time to be creative.

MAPLE VALLEY EVENING-OUT CLASSES:

Quilled Magnets March 21 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee (next to the Maple Valley WA Walgreens). Create several magnets using quilling techniques to take home; perfect for your refrigerator or to give as gifts. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies including a medium-size hot/cold drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

Quilling 102 Part 1 April 18 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee (next to the Maple Valley WA Walgreens). Have you been wondering what else you can do with quilling?? Come learn combing and husking techniques in this two part class–or come for a single evening. We’ll be working toward making a wall hanging from our finished quilled pieces. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies. If you wish to bring your own comb, that’s great. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program.  Reserve your seat here.

Quilling 102 Part 2 April 25  6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee (next to the Maple Valley WA Walgreens). Have you been wondering what else you can do with quilling?? Come learn folded marquises and layer techniques in this two part class–or come for a single evening. We’ll be working toward making a wall hanging from our finished quilled pieces. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies. If you wish to bring your own quilling border buddy, that’s great. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program.  Reserve your seat here.

Everlasting Spring Bouquet May 16 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee (next to the Maple Valley WA Walgreens). Back by popular demand! Come learn how to create a beautiful and lasting origami flower bouquet. You’ll make at least 3 flowers and you’ll leave knowing how to make many more at home. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies. If you wish to bring your own comb, that’s great. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program.  Reserve your seat here.

Beautiful Boxes June 13  6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee (next to the Maple Valley WA Walgreens).  Come learn how to create beautiful origami boxes perfect for giving a special gift to functional boxes. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies. If you wish to bring your own comb, that’s great. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program.  Reserve your seat here.

Wine Charmed June 29 6-9pm location in Maple Valley to be determined. Come enjoy a glass of wine and create your own papercrafted wine charms. These wine charms are a perfect gift for any party! Cost is $40 which covers one glass of wine and all supplies for the charms. Ages 12 and older are welcome to register. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program.  Reserve your seat here.

BONNEY LAKE EVENING-OUT CLASSES

New classes at the Ben Franklin!

Intro to Die Cuts and Quilling April 4 5:30-7:30pm. Come learn the basics of die cuts and quilling techniques and how to mix them to create beautiful and unique greeting cards perfect for any occasion. Call the store at 253-862-6822 to reserve your seat and to get a supply list. Cost is $20 and ages 12 and up are welcome to register. Store located in the Safeway parking lot and next to the McDonald’s.

An Envelope for All Seasons May 2 5:30-7:30pm. This is probably going to be my favorite class this spring! Learn how to use a very popular punch machine to make mini envelopes to make into greeting cards. You’ll make a variety of unique greeting cards perfect for any occasion. ranging birthdays to graduations. Call the store at 253-862-6822 to reserve your seat and to get a supply list. Cost is $15 and ages 12 and up are welcome to register. Store located in the Safeway parking lot and next to the McDonald’s.

COVINGTON PARKS AND RECREATION CLASSES:

New to 2018! I’m offering adult, children, and toddler papercrafting classes. Classes through June are now available. Registration is required and through the Covington Parks and Recreation Department and here’s a link to their website: http://www.covingtonwa.gov/recreation/index.php

IMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS CLASSES:

“Inside Out” Greeting Cards March 17 10:30-12:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Come learn how to combine die cuts and quilling to create 6 unique greeting cards using the die cut images and scraps. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

“Inside Out” Greeting Cards March 31 2-4pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Come learn how to combine die cuts and quilling to create 6 unique greeting cards using the die cut images and scraps. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

An Envelope for All Seasons Cards April 14 1:30-3:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E). n this class you’ll make 4-6 greeting cards using the mini envelope punch that has been so popular! Plus, you’ll create unique little gifts that will fit inside the mini envelope perfect for that hard to purchase-for person on your list. Please bring: We R Memory Keepers mini envelope punch board, roller tape, your favorite 3-6 washi tapes, and detail scissors. Cost is $25. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

An Envelope for All Seasons Cards April 24 5:30-7:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village. n this class you’ll make 4-6 greeting cards using the mini envelope punch that has been so popular! Plus, you’ll create unique little gifts that will fit inside the mini envelope perfect for that hard to purchase-for person on your list. Please bring: We R Memory Keepers mini envelope punch board, roller tape, your favorite 3-6 washi tapes, and detail scissors. Cost is $25. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Circles and Squares Cards May 11 5:30-7:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village. Come and find out if a round peg can fit in a square hole…. We’ll make 4-6 cards using the most basic of die cuts (circles and squares) and fill them with cute quilled creations and greetings perfect when you want to send a special note to someone. Please bring: detail scissors, roller tape, and foam dimensionals. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Circles and Squares Cards May 15 3-5pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E). Come and find out if a round peg can fit in a square hole…. We’ll make 4-6 cards using the most basic of die cuts (circles and squares) and fill them with cute quilled creations and greetings perfect when you want to send a special note to someone. Please bring: detail scissors, roller tape, and foam dimensionals. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Quilling 102 May 20 3-5pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E). Ever wanted to learn something different about quilling or try a different quilling technique? This is the class for you! We’ll learn how to quill on a comb and create 3-4 greeting cards. Please bring: quilling comb and roller tape. Cost is $30. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Quilling 102 June 3 3-5pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village. Ever wanted to learn something different about quilling or try a different quilling technique? This is the class for you! We’ll learn how to quill on a comb and create 3-4 greeting cards. Please bring: quilling comb and roller tape. Cost is $30. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Everlasting Spring Bouquet June 10 3-5pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E). Learn how to create an everlasting paper bouquet using simple origami folds. You’ll leave with at least 3 beautiful flowers and the knowledge of how to create many more at home. Please bring your favorite light-weight card stock or origami paper. Cost is $30. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Everlasting Spring Bouquet June 22 5:30-7:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village. Learn how to create an everlasting paper bouquet using simple origami folds. You’ll leave with at least 3 beautiful flowers and the knowledge of how to create many more at home. Please bring your favorite light-weight card stock or origami paper. Cost is $30. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Quilling Meets Punches and Cuts Cards June 24 3-5pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E). In this class we’ll give quilling a punch. This is the perfect class for trying quilling for the first time or if you want to mass produce quilled cards. You’ll make 8-10 of spring cards. Please bring detail scissors, roller tape, a bag of paper scraps you don’t know what do with (optional). Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Quilling Meets Punches and Cuts Cards June 30 10am-12pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village. In this class we’ll give quilling a punch. This is the perfect class for trying quilling for the first time or if you want to mass produce quilled cards. You’ll make 8-10 of spring cards. Please bring detail scissors, roller tape, a bag of paper scraps you don’t know what do with (optional). Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Emily

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