This week’s prompt “Act of Craftivism” was something I had to look up. Depending on who you ask or where you look…the definition of CRAFTIVISM varies.
The simplest one I found is this: using hand-made art to express opinions or to support a movement, a combination of craft and activism.
As an added bonus this week, three of our kiddos were on spring break…so I wanted involve them in this challenge.
It was only a year ago that our children came home from school for Spring Break….and they remained home for the rest of the year. I know, join the club, right? What it does mean, though, is: the majority of the country (and the world) started to relate to the struggles of each other.
This past year was hard. It’s been a lesson in patience……in perspective…..in compassion….in resilience…. These things are what our family tried to focus on.
However, these are not new concepts for our family. In fact, since our oldest daughter was born we’ve been learning this daily.
Our other 3 younger children have grown up in a house where they’ve known nothing else. We include everyone. We love everyone. We acknowledge differences, yet embrace and celebrate them.
As they all grow older, it becomes more obvious. The gap is more pronounced. It also is very apparent that they all have hearts full of love and understanding.
So, the “cause” we chose to act for in this week’s challenge:
Inclusion. Love. Anti-Bullying. Encouragement.
We planned out what we wanted to say…..
Chose our fabric and cut out pennants to make our banners.
A couple of the kids even got behind the sewing machine
(Bonus: you can totally do this with HOT GLUE if you’re not a sewist)
Then, we went out around our city and hung our messages.
We Pray our Small Acts touch some Hearts in a BIG way!
P.S. Last night we sat down for a Family Movie Night and watched one of the Hallmark Movies that have been recommended to us for awhile now….
What a powerful message!
Many questions and conversation starters for you and your family if you are looking for a way to talk about friends with Special Needs. Our kids loved it! (even if some parts were really hard to watch…)
We’d love to hear of you’ve seen one of our banners!
Or even better….if you make some of your own!