Did you know that jewelry has been worn by children throughout history? Some of the first pieces of jewelry were made from shells, animal teeth and animal hair and were worn by young children. At birth, it was common to present a baby with a piece of jewelry. Perhaps you have a baby bracelet from when you were born. With the ArtsBot Button Parade Jewelry Kit, you can create your own jewelry from buttons and beads!
The earliest known examples of jewelry in North America are four bone earrings that were found in Alaska, which date back 12,000 years. Other early North American jewelry has been found in Nevada, Alabama, Lake Superior and in Poverty Point, Louisiana.
Some people believed that wearing jewelry would ward off evil spirits. Early forms of jewelry worn by children have been found in Egypt, Italy, China, South America and Central America. In Egypt, children wore enamel jewelry. In Ancient Roman, children’s jewelry was made from semi-precious stones, gold, and silver. In Italy, crosses were given to babies to protect the baby from the “evil eye.” Babies in Cambodia were given a string of silver bells around their ankles, to help to find them if they crawled away and to ward off evil spirits.
Button Jewelry For Your Birthday
Did you know that jewelry is also associated with birthstones? Birthstones are gems assigned to the 12 months of the year. Your birthstone corresponds to the month that you were born. To the right is a list of all of the birthstones and their months. Take a look and find your birthstone. Mine is Aquamarine.
Today, children are often given jewelry for important life milestones such as birthdays, christenings, communions and bat mitzvahs.
The Button Parade Jewelry Kit supports the following skills as kids grow and develop:
- Develops fine motor skills
- Promotes grasp development and hand/eye coordination
- Encourages visual & cognitive perception
- Assists with counting skills and patterns
- Promotes executive functioning skills through focus and attention
- Encourages creativity
Hope you have as much fun with your Button Parade Jewelry Kit as the Bots and I had making it for you. Complete this craft, share your work on social media and you will Join the Evolution.