I have grand plans when it comes to crafting with my children, but I don’t usually carry them out. The mess factor deters me too often, but I am turning over a new leaf as a homeschooling mother. 😉 My goal is to do something intentionally artistic with them at least once a week. Often these projects will relate to our current Five in a Row selection. However, for our first week of kindergarten, I was inspired by the September 2009 issue of Family Fun magazine. When my eyes caught the blurb below the title of this craft in the magazine, I knew I had found something perfect for us: “Color Wheel Garland: This project involves ripping paper and swabbing on glue–which made it irresistable to our preschool testers.” I can do this, I thought.
I had to let go of my perfectionism (an ongoing task), but it was worth it. The girls had a great time choosing pages to tear out of our used-bookstore issue magazines (recyling!), ripping them into bits (fine motor skills!), categorizing them by color (sorting!), and mod-podging them to the cardboard circles I had prepared from old cereal boxes (motor skills, mess, and recycling!). A few hours’ drying time, some trimming, and we have a colorful garland to hang in our work-in-progress school room window.
I might get used to this. 🙂
(For more kid-friendly artistic inspiration, check out The Crafty Crow. I’ve seen this blog around for a while, but I’m only beginning to investigate it. I think it will be a great resource for us!)