Preschooler

Fun with imagination - before the first bell


From July, trumpets on TV show how expensive textbooks are waiting for us this year, how much we will spend on so-called school layette and what weights our children will face if the school does not offer lockers.

The perspective is not good, considering that the first-grade package is estimated at almost PLN 700! An unbelievable amount, especially for parents with more than one "school" child. Therefore, there are questions "What can I save on?", "What can I give up?" Each of us would like to offer our children the best, the best and the most fashionable. Nothing unusual. When we went to school with similar gadgets or such a wide range of products, we could only dream.

We will not reduce the weight of books, nor their quantity. However, we can look for savings in equipping our preschooler or schoolboy. Today I suggest to remember the classes under the all-abbreviated ZPT, which personally took my eyes off my eyes for a long time. And who would think that today I would come back to them of my own free will?

Bookmark

Demand and execution

  • Bristol paper or cardboard
  • Adhesive tape (preferably wide and transparent)
  • Ornaments (any flat, colorful newspaper, markers or paints)
  • Ribbon, bead
  • Scissors, glue

We cut out the desired shape and size from paper. We decorate on both sides with any elements (in the example it is a photo cut from a newspaper, but it can be: glitter, sequins, scraps of colored paper, confetti, pieces of gray newspaper, own painting or coloring book, etc. etc.). If you want to attach elements such as glitter or sequins or a newspaper, you should smear the entire surface of the bookmark with glue and then start decorating. After decorating in an invisible place, fasten the end of the ribbon (or ribbon, arbitrarily; we can skip this element if we do not need it). The whole is surrounded by adhesive tape (preferably wide), forming a laminate. Finally, thread the bead onto the hanging end of the ribbon, tie a knot, lock the bead and it's ready. The bookmark in our dream style can already be used.

Door handle pendant

Demand and execution

  • Bristol paper or cardboard
  • Adhesive tape (preferably wide and transparent)
  • Ornaments (any flat, colorful newspaper, markers or paints)
  • Scissors, glue, ruler, pencil

The execution is extremely similar to the BOOKMARK. The only difference is that here it is necessary to cut out the element hanging on the handle. I suggest a diagonal cut, as in the example drawing. Together with your child, we can come up with any password, make 2-3 pendants for various occasions and moods. If the child can't write himself - let's help him. To save paper, we can create different-sounding two pages on the same tag and flip it over as needed.

COVER

Demand and execution

  • Any paper - newspaper, colored paper, blotting paper, crepe paper, gift paper etc. etc.
  • Scissors, glue, adhesive tape

The cover can be made in 3 ways:

  • With thicker notebooks and books - First, bend the upper and lower, and therefore a longer line. After it, we bend the sides or edges of our cover. In the corners (marked in gray in the drawing), there are "pockets" for the corners of our notebook or book. Slide the edge of the notebook / book into the pockets and it's ready. This is an easy cover for thicker specimens or glued notebooks.
  •  A very good way for thin notebooks connected with 2 staples along the center. First, we bend the longer edge, i.e. the top and bottom of our cover by sliding it between the original cover and the pages. The strip should end next to the staple. Then we wrap the sides of the cover. We can stick them to the original cover of the notebook with paper glue. We can also cut the inner edge of the sides into any shape, giving the notebook originality and uniqueness (in the drawing this fragment is marked in gray). Personally, on the inner parts of the sides I placed "cheat sheets" with formulas (mathematics, physics, chemistry) or dates (Polish, history) or words (foreign languages), updating and adding or adding additional elements throughout the semester, thus filling the tab from above down. It made learning easier because it was a kind of note that I could always reach out to. This method protects the sensitive area of ​​each notebook and book, i.e. the top corners that are destroyed first.
  • The last way is the reverse of the second one. First, we wrap the edge and side parts, and then we wrap the top and bottom, sliding between the original cover and the pages, reaching the stapler. This is the strongest protection of the corners of a notebook or book. Good if you plan to give books to your siblings a year later or resell them in better condition. However, this method is aesthetically the least impressive.

We can use any design to cover books and notebooks, so it can be a poster with your child's favorite figure. Remember to cut the size into a notebook or book, especially if you plan to slide part of the cover into the stapler (methods 2 and 3). Covers can be freely changed, so that your child will always have a favorite pattern with him. If we care about the durability of the cover we created - let's support ourselves with adhesive tape and laminate the cover a bit. Be careful, however, because when opening and closing, whether a notebook or a book, the cover "works". Therefore, we cannot cover the cover too rigidly, which would not bend to us during use.

CASES

Demand and execution

  • Shredded materials (cotton, linen, leather, jeans, corduroy ...)
  • Thread and needle, scissors
  • Slider (can be from just cut pants)

We cut out 6 identical rectangles from the material, a bit longer than the slider we have. We also cut 2 circles with a diameter less than 6 shorter sides of the rectangles. All 6 rectangles are sewn together with longer sides, one after the other, without stitching the outermost together. We sew one edge of the zipper to the edge of one of the outermost rectangles. Then sew the whole shorter side by side to the wheels. Finally, sew the other side of the zipper with the last rectangle. Ready  We can do this process on the so-called left side (then it will be easier to sew) and after opening the zipper roll the entire pencil case to the right. Instead of using a needle and thread (although this is a risky way and only for thread-resistant), we can also make connections using a stapler. However, this method is extremely drastic and can be dangerous if the staples begin to bend.
We can decorate the zipper of our pencil case with a bead, creating a brush from yarn or in any way.

WALLET with space for documents

Demand and execution

  • Shredded materials (cotton, linen, leather, jeans, corduroy ...)
  • Thread and needle, scissors
  • Slider (can be from just cut pants)
  • Pocket front (from an old skirt or pants)

The wallet is much simpler product than a pencil case. Here, it is enough to measure the size of the pocket we have and more than twice the material. It would be good if we had two pocket fronts. The width of the material should be a bit longer than the width of the pockets, and slightly longer than the slider. We sew pockets first. Remember to sew only 3 edges, leaving the fourth one open. Pay attention to the directions of the pockets so that it does not turn out that you can insert the document from the top and the other from the bottom. Then we fold our wallet in half and sew the sides of the wallet. You can also use the left side sewing method here. Then remember to keep the pockets inside. Then sew the zipper to the top, roll it to the right side and the wallet is ready.

In the harder version we can be tempted by compartments inside the walletusing the trouser pockets. The technique is the same as for the outside pockets.

CASE FOR KEYS

Demand and execution

  • Shredded materials (cotton, linen, leather, jeans, corduroy ...)
  • Thread and needle, scissors
  • Slider (can be from just cut pants)
  • 2-3 tips from advertising lanyards or key rings

The production technique is similar to both of the above examples. First, we measure the material. We will fold it a bit like a croquet (in the drawing I marked the order of folding). First, sew the upper and lower wall to one of the sides (1 to 2), then sew the other side to one part of the zipper (3 to 4). Finally, sew the zipper to the side of the case (2 to 4). Earlier, we can already attach, i.e. sew on e.g. the colorful cross stitch carabiners (if we have from some old advertising lanyards) or key rings. Then we will not have to "rummage" with sewing, as the case will be a "closed" form.

All these suggestions you can modify, freely adapting to existing components. They are valuable because you can give them shape, pattern or decoration exactly as it sits in the head of your child.

It is known that things made by themselves will be aesthetically different from the shop's "movies". Some children very strongly classify their potential colleagues and friends according to their articles. If you see a similar phenomenon in your kindergarten or school, think about whether it is worth risking rejection. I am convinced that you will do the right thing. It is clear that you should not be subject to gadget "terrorism". However, children find it harder to explain such things. And we don't want our child to be picked up badly, especially in new company.

Personally, I recommend not treat such decorating and creating objects as saving money (so that the child does not feel that he is worse, that he cannot afford it; without this awareness it will be easier for him to refute accusations from his peers), but as creating individuality. I know, it sounded noisy, which is why I leave you, Dear Parents, to explain this issue and create an ideology suitable for your child and your home.

Maybe thanks to such "layette" your child will not only be noticed in the group, but also will initiate school fashion for personifying the equipment of his backpack ...