Doing these activities is as much a learning experience for me as it is for her. I was always a rule follower. I colored inside the lines and did all of my projects step by step exactly like the instructions. So sometimes I have a hard time just letting her play and explore when we do activities. I get so focused on the end result, a pretty picture or a completed science experiment, that I forget the real purpose of the activity, fun! If she's not having fun, she loses interest fast. So I've really had to remind myself that it's ok if her picture doesn't turn out perfectly! The project that I'm sharing this week really tested me on this and I'm happy to say that we had a great time.
Overall crafts are not a huge hit with Grace. We normally stick with sensory activities or science experiments because they hold her attention better, but I got brave a couple of weeks ago and pulled out the contact paper that I recently ordered from Amazon. I taped the dry side to the window. I have a huge supply of tissue paper left over from multiple baby showers and birthdays so I pulled out some fun colors. I tore small squares of various colors and showed her how to put them on the sticky contact paper. She thought it was great and did that for a while.
This was our completed picture:
It was a great way to work on her colors. We even took a break for a couple of minutes when she spotted a deer in our yard. Doing this project has motivated me to try some other craft projects with her. I think we will use the contact paper to make a nature collage with leaves sometime this week.
What is your favorite craft project that you have done with your kids?
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