Looking For Volunteer Work That Your Children Can Take Part In?
Are you looking for ways to get your children involved in volunteer work? How about knitting nests for orphaned or injured wildlife babies? Wildlife rescue centers all over the country use knitted nests donated by volunteers for their orphaned or injured baby squirrels, rabbits, birds, and other animals. This is such a delightful form of volunteer work, and one that you can do as a family with children as young as six.
If you don’t have a local wildlife rescue center to donate your knitted nest to, click here to go to WildlifeRescueNests.com. They accept knitted nests from volunteers all over the country and distribute them to wildlife rescue centers nationwide.
If you have younger children or children who don’t know how to knit, you can purchase a simple knitting loom here and follow very simple instructions. My six year old son knits on one of these looms and it only took him about 15 minutes to learn how. They are that simple to use.
To create a nest on a loom with a younger child, have your child knit until the knitted cloth is about the depth of a hat. Then, instead of casting off, cut the remaining piece of yarn long and string it through each loop as you remove the loop from the loom. Pull the string so all of your knitting gathers together and closes the circle. Tie it off and turn it right side up. Shape it with your hands so that it forms a cup, or rather, a nest.
If you have older children who already know how to knit, then you will find tutorials and knitting patterns on the website after you register.
I will just add that my daughter knitted a nest this last summer, and was so proud of it. She felt wonderful knowing that many baby animals would be cradled in the nest she spent so much time knitting.
Below is a video all about knitting nests for wildlife rescue centers. I will mention that if your children are super savvy knitters, go ahead and follow her instructions exactly. However, if they are beginners, it is absolutely fine to use thick yarn and a smaller size needle (to create a tight knit) and only one piece of yarn (rather than two). My daughter knitted hers that way and the wonderful vets at our local wildlife rescue center were delighted with her nest. Also, she hasn’t learned how to decrease using 4 needles yet, so to finish off the bottom of the nest she just strung her remaining yarn through all the loops as she took them off the needle, gathered it together to a close, and tied it tight. This worked really well.
Happy nest knitting!