Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away, and it’s the perfect time to get crafty with the little ones! Even at 8 years old, Kay still loves the kinds of crafts that are truly "hands-on" - as in, how can she make this painting project into a sensory experience? Perhaps that's why I was drawn to these fun ideas from Personal Creations!
I had seen clothespin puppets before (thank you, Pinterest!) but I admit, they always looked a bit too tricky. Perhaps I was just browsing the more elaborate varieties. But when I received an activity booklet from Apple and Eve that included an adorable yet totally do-able-looking version, I just had to give them a try!
We tend to celebrate everything in this family. And I do mean everything. Half-birthdays, losing a first tooth, mastering the monkey bars. And I think our neighbors will always remember my sister’s “Hooray! You’re potty trained!” party. (No, really…) So of course the last day of school, the unofficial start of “real” summer, and being promoted to a new grade is certainly worthy of being commemorated as well.
Kay is starting 3rd grade this year. I know - she’s an old lady now! I always like to hang up a sign to greet her on her return from her last day of school. The end of kindergarten she was met with a large, “Look out, 1st grade - Here comes Kay!” and last year I made her a t-shirt that said, “This is what a 2nd grader looks like!”
As time goes on, it gets trickier and trickier to get Kay to practice fine motor skills.
When she was younger it seemed easier to get her involved in activity that was, unbeknownst to her, helping to work on the small muscles in her hands that are so important for everything from writing to dressing. But now that she's the ripe old age of 8 (and a half!), she's much to old for things like crafts and activities. Or so she thinks.
Homemade toys are so my thing. I'm not talking complicated, beautifully-made wooden dollhouse or hand-carved trucks, although those are wonderful. I mean the old-fashioned, make a fort out of a box or turn a paper towel roll into a megaphone.
This time of year, especially, with all the gimmes and the "I want..." wishes coming from everywhere, it's especially nice to get back to the simple. I wanted this rocket ship craft to be something Kay and I could make together, but that would be sturdy enough for her to play with. Sucess!
I just love the feel of holding a "real" book in my hands. Which pretty much means I can never have too many bookmarks. Sure, you can just use a scrap of paper (and I certainly do that, too!) but these DIY bookmarks are easy to make and way more fun to come back to!
Apparently my new-found love of crafting is becoming known to my family. My husband brought me home some scrap wood blocks from work, explaining, "I knew you'd find something to make with them."
Since it's getting ever-closer to Halloween (Kay has changed her Halloween costume idea 4 times already!), I thought these would make a cute pumpkin decor idea. They were fun to make, mostly because they were so easy. (I just LOVE easy!) The fact that they came out so cute was a bonus!
We recently had the honor of playing host to a robin's nest in our backyard. It was fascinating to watch the babies grow (from a distance, of course) and the protective parents feed them and shoo away any potential predators (unfortunately, this included us!). When I'd go in the backyard to do anything, Mr. Robin would follow me, staring hardly at me until I left. Still, seeing the babies learn to fly and eventually leave the nest was exciting. I just loved it!
So for this month's Project: Recycle & Create, we worked on making a nest craft from scrap paper. Not as interesting as the real thing, perhaps, but still fun to make!
I know what I want to be when I grow-up - a wand-maker! Look out, Ollivander - you're going to have some competition!
I don't know if I've ever mentioned it, but I'm a total Harry Potter nerd! I've read the books about a zillion times each, watched the movies more times than I care to share, and I look forward to when Kay gets into them, too! (If she does...at this point the idea of her reading an 800 page book is right up there with her getting a unicorn for her birthday!)