Kids love crafts. Expression and freedom are two notions children live by. Crafts allow them to indulge in both. Kids become encouraged to create something of their own. Every child has a living breathing artist inside waiting to come out. Colors, textures, different tools, experimenting, and learning are all major aspects of crafts. Kids love to explore and amaze themselves discovering what they can do. Whether it’s paper or wood crafts the activity will unlock their imaginations and build confidence.
Crafts can be used for more than just subject lessons. At home parents can use the same technique to bond. Bonding with children through crafts is not a new concept. It’s hard to make quality time for your kids in today’s society. We live in a technology world that is seldom quiet. Buzzing cell phones, inbox’s overflowing with emails, and hectic work schedules make it difficult for parents to find bonding time with their children.
During the weekend or setting a special date to use crafts to bond with your kids can be beneficial. Not only is it an inexpensive form of bonding but it improves children’s mental image of you. They feel loved and special because you took time out of your day to share a project with them. Crafting gives you one-on-one time with your child. You can talk about anything or focus on the project at hand.
Children love to do wood crafts because it’s so authentic. They enjoy decorating adding their own individual flair to the wood through paint, varnish, stickers, and glitter. Having this big piece of unfinished wood entrusted in their hands give them a renewed sense of value. Kids feel important and very talented when they finish their wood project. Sharing this activity with a child builds a strong connection. Wood lasts virtually forever giving a child a constant reminder of the time you spent with them making it.
Taking a trip to the local craft store looking at wood products to craft with is also a great bonding activity. Purchasing painting kits, wood products, or wooden toy parts for craft bonding projects is easy. There are many online shops and specialty catalogs that sell kid friendly kits. Many parents prefer wood kits when they are not experienced at woodworking. Wood kits use glue instead of dangerous nails and other objects that a younger child might accidentally become injured with. Always research and read the instructions before you invest if you’re new to wood projects.
Be sure to approach crafting in a positive manner. Get your child excited about the project the two of you are about to undertake. Creating a toy out of wooden toy parts and allowing them to paint the accessories or toy wheels any color they wish will boost their confidence. Just being present or grabbing a brush helping with the painting will increase the bond you have with your child. Be sure to give your support while crafting.
Tell them how much you like what they’re doing with their wood toy wheels or something encouraging. You want this to be a good experience. Stay positive and light hearted the entire time. To further strengthen your bonding through crafts you can make it into a new household tradition.
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Berlin – Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin – Heinkel He 162 02
Image by Daniel Mennerich
The Heinkel He 162 Volksjäger ("People’s Fighter"), the name of the project of the Emergency Fighter Program design competition, was a German single-engine, jet-powered fighter aircraft fielded by the Luftwaffe in World War II. Designed and built quickly, and made primarily of wood as metals were in very short supply and prioritised for other aircraft, the He 162 was nevertheless the fastest of the first generation of Axis and Allied jets. Volksjäger was the Reich Air Ministry’s official name for the government design program competition won by the He 162 design. Other names given to the plane include Salamander, which was the codename of its construction program, and Spatz ("Sparrow"), which was the name given to the plane by Heinkel.
The official RLM Volksjäger design competition parameters specified a single-seat fighter, powered by a single BMW 003, a slightly lower-thrust engine not in demand for either the Me 262A nor the Ar 234B front-line aircraft already in service. The main structure of the Volksjäger competing airframe designs would use cheap and unsophisticated parts made of wood and other non-strategic materials and, more importantly, could be assembled by semi- and non-skilled labor, including slave labor. Specifications included a weight of no more than 2,000 kg (4,410 lb), when most fighters of the era were twice that. Maximum speed was specified as 750 km/h at sea level, operational endurance at least a half hour, and the takeoff run no more than 500 m (1,640 ft). Armament was specified as either two 20 mm MG 151/20 cannons with 100 rpg, or two 30 mm (1.18 in) MK 108 cannons with 50 rpg. The Volksjäger needed to be easy to fly. Some suggested that even glider or student pilots should be able to fly the jet effectively in combat, and indeed had the Volksjägerprogramm aircraft design competition and its winning design got into full swing, that is precisely what would have happened. After the war, Ernst Heinkel would say "[The unrealistic notion that this plane [The He 162] should be a ‘people’s fighter,’ in which the Hitler Youth, after a short training regimen with clipped-wing two-seater gliders like the DFS Stummel-Habicht, could fly for the defense of Germany, displayed the unbalanced fanaticism of those days." The clipped-wingspan DFS Habicht models had varying wingspans of both 8-metre and 6-metre, used also to prepare more experienced Luftwaffe pilots for the dangerous Messerschmitt Me 163B Komet rocket fighter — the same sort of training approach would also be used for the Hitler Youth aviators chosen to fly the jet-powered Volksjäger.
The requirement was issued 10 September 1944, with basic designs to be returned within 10 days and to start large-scale production by 1 January 1945. Because the winner of the new lightweight fighter design competition would be building huge numbers of the planes, nearly every German aircraft manufacturer expressed interest in the project, such as Blohm + Voss, and Focke-Wulf, whose Volksflugzeug design contender, likewise meant for BMW 003 turbojet power bore a resemblance to their slightly later Ta 183 jet fighter design. However, Heinkel had already been working on a series of "paper projects" for light single-engine fighters over the last year under the designation P.1073, with most design work being completed by Professor Benz, and had gone so far as to build and test several models and conduct some wind tunnel testing.
Although some of the competing designs were technically superior (in particular Blohm + Voss’s P.211 submission), with Heinkel’s head start the outcome was largely a foregone conclusion. The results of the competition were announced in October 1944, only three weeks after being announced, and to no one’s surprise, the Heinkel entry was selected for production. In order to confuse Allied intelligence, the RLM chose to reuse the 8-162 designation (formerly that of a Messerschmitt fast bomber) rather than the other considered designation He 500.
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