Patterned tapes and washi tapes are brilliant! They make simple, mess-free, quick to prepare craft that children LOVE.
My little boys are too little to cut their own tape, so I pre cut a lot of different length pieces and stuck them around the table (or sticking them around a plastic tray works too). It made it easier for them to choose what they want and to create whatever they feel like, from shapes- to cars, houses or even just sticking lots of pieces on top of each other.
Jonah likes to finish his pictures with felt tips…
Life is what we make of it. When we only notice and focus on the positive and the good things in our everyday life, all that’s negative fades away… somewhere into the background. Days become brighter and calmer and we can breathe. We notice beauty in the details, in everyday emotions and encounters… And life becomes good. Everyday. Because of that, when really difficult times come we have peace… because we look forward to the brighter days.
On Christmas Eve we introduced our boys to “the Snowman and the Snowdog”- it’s a lovely story with beautiful pictures and great music and my boys loved it straight away. We bought the soundtrack from the film and Jonah loves to talk about what goes on in the film as we listen to the songs. That’s how I got the idea for this craft…
On the tray I set up black colour paper, some self adhesive googly eyes, white chalk, pva glue, cotton wool and tiny silver stars AND I played The Snowman and the Snowdog music in the background.
Later on I gave them a piece of green foam to make a hat…
…and the focus shifted to the joy of using scissors and learning to cut…
Noah decided to make the blue glue spreader part of his work..
Ahhh…it will be sad to put “The Snowman and the Snowdog” DVD away in our Christmas box…but we ll all have something to look forward to in 11 months:)
I tend to keep my children’s arts and crafts to the earlier part of the day, when minds are fresh and bodies are full of energy… Though today I thought I’d try a little after nursery art for a bit of relaxed time while waiting for dinner.
I set out two of the same trays with paper, pencil crayons and a few things like magazine snippets, cotton wool, glue, stickers and, glitter…and this is what happened:
Clearly they weren’t influenced by the colours blue and green… and here is their finished work:
New Year has begun…quite a while ago…and I felt like the first post of the year should bear some deeper significance, either being about something super healthy or about new year resolutions…or something along these lines. I put my personal expectations of this first post so high that many times I considered not to carry on blogging, because I couldn’t find enough time to come up with anything significant.
So I decided that my expectations of myself will not be joining me in writing this blog and just wanted to take an opportunity of a quick break in my day with sleeping Noah in my arms – and say Happy New Year and hope you all are doing well with your New Year resolutions and are on a good way to better You :).
I think it’s the first creative thing I’ve done this year… I can’t draw very well (as you may tell), but I do enjoy doodling.