How Crafting Family Banners Builds Self-Esteem and Confidence

This craft can represent a family's values and interests

Girl (4-6) at kitchen table, drawing with felt-tip pen
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Designing a family banner is a craft that can build self-esteem and confidence in children with and without learning disabilities. Learn how to make a family banner, as well as the benefits of this craft, with this list of tips.

What Is a Family Banner?

A family banner is a flag decorated with images and colors that are meaningful to your family. The banner can depict your family values, hobbies and family members as well as your family's interests, such as music, church, charity work.

Before you make your family banner, consider having your loved ones explore their own personal values or create a personal coats-of-arms. Once your family members have identified their personal values, they can then come together as a family to develop a set of family values.

These family banners created by foster parents on retreat may give you some ideas about how to craft the banner most representative of your family.

Getting Started

To begin, you will need a variety of craft materials, such as glitter, ribbon, colored construction paper, old magazines for pictures, glue, buttons, scraps of fabric, sequins, markers, paint or safety scissors. Your banner background can be made from paper, cloth, plastic tarp or other available material.

You may want to plan your family banner on notebook paper before trying your design on the banner. Make sure that everyone's opinions are heard and that at least one of everyone's ideas is used on the banner.

The Execution

Once you've agreed upon the design of the banner, assign each family member a task. They may draw, paint or use magazine pictures to create the parts they will place on the banner. When everyone's work is complete, allow the banner to dry.

Have the family gather to hang the banner in the house.

Near the door is a good place so that your family members can be reminded every day, as they enter and leave the home, of their family's important values.

Family Banner Discussion

Have each family member talk about their part of the banner, specifically what it stands for and why it is an important value to your family.

Revisit the banner from time to time to discuss how your family's activities are aligned with your values.

Wrapping Up

Family banners are not only a great way for families to bond but also mark an important way for families to decide what they're all about. Identifying which family values matter to your loved ones can help serve as a guide for both the adults and children in the family. When family members fall short, a family banner can remind them of the values they hold dear. Family banners especially help children with learning disabilities feel a sense of pride in their identity.

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