The Olsens seem to tend towards having very active dreams. Matt, his one brother, his father and his uncle have all had quite serious "night terrors" as we call them. Sometimes even getting up and moving things or what have you. This was a trait I would have preferred be not passed on to my children but alas, it was out of my control. Letty and David both suffer from night terrors. Letty more so than David. Normally he just takes a quick kiss and a stuffed animal and he's on his happy dreaming way. Letty has always been more of the active nightmare type. Standing up in the middle of her bed, going right back into the nightmare, remembering she had one in the morning, etc.
Enter me looking on Pinterest for how to make a dreamcatcher. Believed by the Native Americans to catch the bad dreams, allowing only the good to filter down to the dreamer. The bad dreams perishing at dawn. Now I don't really believe in such a thing but I am a firm believer in the placebo effect. I thought one she could make herself would be more fun for her and I found this kit here.
Let me tell you. Not for a five and a half year old, this craft. I was barely able to figure it out myself and I still don't think it turned out right. But the kit had everything! The ribbon to wrap around the hoop.... Lovely silver thread that was looped and looped and looped. The beads to string on it. The feathers to glue. The glue to glue. I just added a bit of ribbon to hang it and that was that.
So far: no nightmares for Letty. But now I may need to get one for David.... I'll probably just end up buying this one here and say to heck with diy.