During the long Thanksgiving weekend my two little ones were bouncing off the walls. Normally, I’d bundle the kids up and go for a walk. But, my 14 month old had a 102 degree fever on Thanksgiving day, so I wasn’t going to expose her to the frigid 42 degree weather. Even though the thought did cross my mind – several times.
I realized very quickly that we have a LONG winter ahead of us. I need to be very creative to keep my two busy-bodies active and happy (and me sane).
So when my two year old said she wanted to paint yesterday, out came the art bin. I fished out her favorite color of blue paint, gave her some half-sheet construction paper and foam stampers that I bought from Michael’s (6 stampers $3.99). And she got busy. When she started to stick her entire hand in the paint to feel the cool, smooth and wet texture (as my husband cringed while looking at our beige draperies behind her chair), I gave her extra papers to make her “paw print.”
When I looked at all of her beautiful artwork and realized that I was running out of space to store her creations, it dawned on me that maybe I could ‘recycle’ them. Her handprints would make beautiful ‘expecting’ parents cards (for close friends) and the foam stamper cards make neat note cards.
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m a sucker for a cute, personalized card.
Here are some photos of her creations, and the captions that I added to them.
“Bug Theme” Birthday Invitations
Materials: Foam stampers, regular stationary, ink pad
Materials: Foam stampers, half-sheet construction paper, blue paint
“Happy Birthday…From All Of Us”
I didn’t have any holiday stampers, but I suppose you can do the same thing with holiday cookie cutters (dipping them in paint) and they would turn out just as cute and quaint. I’m sure the craft stores have holiday stampers, too.
So what do you think? Do you like them or have I become one of ‘those’ parents who thinks their kids’ artwork is crazy cute?
We’ll be posting LOTS of other activities to do with your little ones, so stay tuned!
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