Today I had a great idea, I thought it was at least! I am always looking for a craft idea, that is educational and different for my kids, and ideas that are quick and easy to prepare. So I’m going to push myself to come up with a craft idea for the kids, at least once a week. Blog about them to share them with you all, and hope that it inspires someone. And in return, please share your ideas with the rest of us, either on your own blog or in the comments. I will keep a category of “Toddler Crafts” under my Homeschooling category so if you are ever drawing a blank you can look here for some ideas, please email me a link to your blog entry if you do one and I would love to include a link in my next Toddler Craft post. Anyway, that’s my idea, my goal is every week but you know how that goes sometimes, even if I just do them here and there it will be lots of fun!
Today’s craft was inspired by a magazine called Above Rubies that I like to read about mothering. It’s so simple and yet the boys absolutely loved it! Aidan is always trying to find things he can cut up and Eamon is just getting into wanting to do craft stuff so this was perfect. I just wrote out the alphabet for each of the boys and had them cut out the letters and paste them onto a piece of construction paper, in order. Boys especially, need purpose. This was a great way to give me a little time to prepare dinner on my own and know that they were doing something constructive.
As you can see, Eamon needed a little more guidance than he was receiving. I had planned to let them do this while I was finishing up dinner. I didn’t know how Eamon would do but thought he would enjoy it anyway. I heard Eamon exclaim to me, “I’m having lots of fun mommy!” And as I listened I realized that his scissors were cutting really fast, which had to mean that he was not as “on track” as I had thought he might be. He was having a blast cutting the letters he had tediously cut into squares, into tiny little pieces. So the letters you see cut out, most of them I helped him with :) And the whole “in order” thing, is just a little boring when you are three! Oh well, like he said, he was having lots of fun. And that is what mattered most. Although I did tease the boys, and told them that if they did it wrong we would make them do it over again until they got it right. Thankfully my boys know when I’m just joking, they usually say, “you’re funny mom.” :)
So how about you? Have you been inspired to do any projects lately? We have been working on flags too, maybe I will do that one next. Please share your ideas, my brain could definitely use some fresh ideas! Like I said, especially ones that you can prepare on the fly, with little effort and basic supplies. Thanks for stopping by!
We finished our craft today, and I let Eamon have another shot at it and Guenna got to do it too. I must say though that Guenna was much easier to help than Eamon! She was very focused and got it done quickly with very little help. Eamon on the other hand, suggested that I put all the alphabet in a row so he didn’t have to search for the letters. I did this and even still he was very distracted and kept wanting to be a little more “creative.” It’s fun to see the differences in the kids, especially since they are all so close together. Homeschooling will be (already is) fun!