Family Time Calendar: Dreamcatchers

The Reverend Martin Luther King once said, "I have a dream..." and his famous speech rings true generations later. Today marks the birthday of the great civil rights leader. In his honor, kids can craft a dreamcatcher.

This Native American Indian craft is based on a legend about a spider. He wove a web as he told about the cycles of man -- infant, child, adult and then old age. The web, according to legend, should be used to catch a person's good ideas and let the bad ones go through the hole in the center.

Dr. King, who advocated good and fair ideas for the benefit of all, would undoubtedly approve of the spider's harmonious teachings. This dreamcatcher is a simple version that even the youngest hands can make.

What you'll need:
Embroidery hoop -- use just the center circle without the screw
Double-sided tape
Colorful yarn
Plastic pony beads

What you'll do:
Place double-sided tape on the outside of the wooden hoop; this will help hold the yarn in place. Cut a length of yarn two to three yards long (use less if your embroidery hoop is small). Tie one end to the embroidery hoop. Have kids crisscross the yarn over the hoop so it resembles a spiderweb. Tie the end to the hoop.

Cut four lengths of yarn, each about eight inches long. Tie them to the bottom of the hoop. Add several beads to each yarn tassel, then tie a feather to the bottom of each piece. Place a small loop of yarn at the top to hang on the wall above your child's bed to "catch" the dreams.


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