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Our 1st Family Craft Day

I love crafting. I enjoy card making – just don’t get as much time as I would like. Over the image years I’ve done various different things. Crafting with the kids is something I’ve always had issues with though. Why? Because I get frustrated they don’t do it "right". However, after conversations with other mum’s and reading other blogs I realised that crafting can be fun even when letting the kids take the lead!image

First up was playdough…..homemade at one of the workshops at the local Children’s Centre, away we went!image

 

The recipe was really simple :

2 Cups Flour, 1 Cup Salt, 2 Tablespoon Cream Of Tartar mixed together, then add 2 Cups Boiling Water, 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil and Food Colouring and mix well.

I’ll be honest I had seen recipes before which involve boiling it all in a pan etc, but this was so simple I would definitley do it again. The girls both enjoyed it, H took her time to touch it, I plonked a piece in front of her and she poked at it with the chopsticks and spoons, but didn’t hold it till I passed her a piece and then she was well away. B on the other hand was straight in their. Neither of them built anything, H was happy just to get used to the feel of it and poke at it while B tried to be creative and then just ended up squeezing it, breaking it up and squishing it back together. I grinned and beared the fact I hate the feel of the stuff and joined in a little, then when H started trying to eat it I knew it was time for lunch!!

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After lunch was Easter bonnet time. H had a nice straw hat to decorate, B on the other hand decided she didn’t want one of those but would use a polystyrine ring and decorate it. The only thing I did for H was put the glue on – I wasn’t brave enough to let a 19 month old loose with PVA! Plus it meant I got my hands covered in glue!! Anyway, H picked her decorations, told me where to put the glue and then stuck each piece in place, which B was let loose. I gave her a bit of guidance when she realised what she was doing wasn’timage working how she wanted. But I tell you what we had so much fun! I am definitly glad I have finally done this. I have never seen them both involved in the same activity and playing really well together like they did today. And, the big one for me, the laptop has been switched off for most of the day! I’m already planning our next crafting activity – paints!!!! I’m in shock that I am actually really looking forward to it!

So, for anyone out there who is like I was and wary of letting the kids do “messy” things at home, go for it, if I can brave it and enjoy it so can you! And if you have any ideas for me to try with the girls I’m ready to give things a try now!!

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February 28, 2010 - Posted by | Entertainment, Parenting | , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Good for you – it looks like you had lots of fun. It is frustrating stopping yourself from ‘taking over’ when they’re not doing it right, but you have to resist! I find that making something of my own alongside them stops me interfering too much except when necessary.

    Comment by Jude | March 1, 2010 | Reply

    • It was well worth taking a step back, made me realise why I hadn’t enjoyed it in the past!

      Comment by supersinglemum | March 1, 2010 | Reply

  2. this looks like so much fun! the hardest thing for me when my daughter got to the crafting age was to step back and just let her get messy. these days I may have taken that thought a bit too far as my whole house looks like a dump, but the kids are happy 😉

    Comment by Heather | March 2, 2010 | Reply

    • Thankfully my 2 didnt fancy getting themselves messy this time round, but I’m planning on a painting session soon – now that will really test me lol!

      Comment by supersinglemum | March 2, 2010 | Reply


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