Is anyone else doing this swap with an ADHD kid? Tips? Advice? At the rate we're going we'll be shipping out around Christmas time.
lol. yup. two of them. my older one (christopher) is more on the attention deficit end of the spectrum and my younger (nicholas) is more on the hyperactive end. when christopher is engaged in a project he is excited about, he can get lost in his own little world and happily craft away for a relatively long (45min ~ 1 hr) time. nicholas loves to craft but he has to be fully engaged to stay committed, so i have to kinda coach him along and craft with him to keep him on task.
i have found that everyone has the most fun with smaller, simple crafts that can be completed in under an hour. if it's something more time consuming i break it into steps and we spread it out over the course of several crafting sessions (which generally only happen once or twice a week).
for instance: perler beads. both the boys told me they wanted to do some perler for this swap. so we sat down for all of 15 minutes one evening before dinner and looked at our partners' Q's and decided what things we thought might be fun to do in perler.
then i sat down by myself later that night on pinterest and looked up a handful i thought christopher might like to do and a handful that nick might enjoy.
the next day earlier in the day i showed each of the boys the patterns i thought they might like and asked them each to pick two. (they always enjoy projects so much more when they feel like they have some control over what gets chosen!)
that evening we all sat down at the table and listened to some music and we spent time together sorting out the bead colors they would need from the giant mixed jug we have. they didn't get quite enough sorted for the whole project but they got enough to get started.
later the next afternoon we sat down together with the radio again and they worked on their projects while i continued sorting.
nicholas, being younger and having a much shorter attention span, his projects were a little smaller than chris's. so he fiddled along and finished one and then stopped and helped me sort for christopher for a little bit and then we went and ironed his first one and then he decided he was ready to work on his second one.
christopher chugged right along but only worked on the first one and half of the next one before he got bored with it. nick finished his second one, and we ironed it. then he went under the table and crawled around on the floor picking up loose beads for me while chris was still working on his. (lol there are always loose beads)
nick has an earlier bedtime, and chris was able to sit back down with his stuff that evening after nick went to bed and finish up.
for nick the important thing to enjoying happy craft time is small simple crafts interspersed with other little jobs he can do to break up the monotony, and having someone he can chatter at while he works. (he likes to make up stories about what he's making lol)
for christopher the important thing is having all the "busy" work and planning out of the way before he gets started so that he can sit and focus on one task at a time without getting distracted.
both of them LOVE music while they work. i made them a playlist on spotify with all their favorite songs on it (yes. we have THREE different versions of "everything is awesome" on our playlist!) it sets the mood and they sing along while they work!
we keep our craft times relatively short - between 30 minutes and an hour - i like to stop when they're just at the tail end of the "we're still having fun" phase (before we get to the "do i haaaaaave to finish this NOOOW??? phase) so that they will still be excited to finish later. and if they want to stop before we are finished i generally let them - we can always make another crafting session out of finishing the project later on....
that ended up being a whole lot more of a novel than i planned on writing, lol! but we do have fun and our little short crafting sessions add up to a steady pace in the long run! we have been at a bit of a standstill lately since i am trying to finish up for another swap, but we are planning on getting back in gear next week! if you ever need tips or wanna brainstorm ideas for fun things to do, hit me up! maybe we can come up with something....