Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Craft Time!

As a stay-at-home-mama, it can be really easy to just fall into the trap of "surviving the day". What I mean is...not doing anything productive with my kids...just letting them play by themselves and watch Dora all day long all the while wishing Daddy would just walk through the door already and trying (in vain) to keep a spotless house. In Dora's defense, my kids are speaking all kinds of Spanish. Just today, Lilly said, "Look, it's rojo! (red)" But I digress. So, I plan stuff for us to do in our schedule that I consider to be "productive" so that it is a priority. For example, we take weekly trips to the library for story time and puzzles and we check books out that we read all week long. We go to the park when it isn't 1,000 degrees outside. We go to the zoo. We play with friends. We sing songs with motions and talk and I answer--to the best of my ability--any questions that come up. I play pretend with the kids in their playroom. That doesn't mean that they don't play by themselves or watch Dora...because, um, they DO...it just means that isn't ALL we do. Another thing we like to do is craft time and this post is dedicated to a few of the "crafts" we like to do. Reid and Lilly LOVE to paint.

So, a couple of weeks leading up to Father's Day--we painted lots of picture frames!

They both loved making something for Daddy. They kept telling him they painted and I would be like, "I don't know what they are talking about!" because I was keeping it a surprise! Ha!

Lilly loves to use several different brushes but her MOST FAVORITE color is p-i-n-k.

This is what they looked like when they were done. I took candid pictures of Matt spending time with the kids and then put them in each of the frames.

I L-O-V-E love the "big hug" ones, too!

This is what the table looked like when Matt got up Father's Day morning.

We also made this canvas of their handprints as lightning bugs to hang on the door. (Eventually it is going to hang on the garage door...when we get it cleaned up enough to actually park in there. Eek.) I LOVE how this turned out. (I know I am over-using LOVE but I will probably do it a few more times in this post...consider yourselves warned. (c:) I got the idea for this looking through Oriental Trading Co craft catalog. They had a kit where you could make foam handprint lightening bugs for camp and I knew I wanted to say something about how much better our lives are when he is with us (because they really are)! So lightening bugs--brighter--perfect!

MoMo bought Lilly and Reid these Mickey and Minnie sculptures to paint. They had so much fun. Look how serious Reid is---mouth open, focused look, and going in for the brush stroke.

He took it so seriously!

LOVE that boy!

Lilly had a blast, too. She enjoyed painting the cardboard under Minnie as much as she enjoyed painting Minnie.

LOVE this little ar-teest.

They are proudly displayed on our mantle. I know what you are wondering...how did I end up with TWO child prodigies??? (:

Then there is always our normal crayons, markers, and stampers. I got these giant coloring books at the Dollar Tree. Ladies and Gentlemen, I believe this is the BEST bargain at the dollar tree. It also comes with a giant page of stickers...all for $1!!!

I got the short markers at the dollar section in Target. I highly recommend these! They always have them there with different characters. They are perfect for little hands. Also, for crayons, we use the twistable crayons. Our little destructive boy can't snap them in two! Okay, that is all of my art suggestions-back to the art work.

Lilly is super into stamps right now. She calls it "popping it" because she "pops" it on the paper. It cracks me up to hear her say, "Mommy-I wanna pop it!"

Could she be cuter? I think not!

Reid always says, "Mommy, I wanna "co-yer" (color). Precious!

We are about to start on birthday party crafts. I plan on using their artwork and pictures to decorate the party. I am a sucker for all things handprint!!!!


Courtney said...

So cute. I love the little crafts you have made this summer and the wonderful memories you are making with your children.

Lindsey Cobb said...

I love crafts and I think I'm rubbing off on Presley. She has so many little things in her "craft drawers" and never wants to throw anything away! I LOVE the canvas idea! It turned out SO CUTE!