I am not crafty…at all. So, when I actually ATTEMPT something crafty and it turns out well, I think I should be entitled to toot my own horn a bit, don’t you think?
So, the preschool homework assignment was to create a Valentine’s Day “mailbox” out of an old cereal box. Finding the appropriate box was not a problem, as we go through A LOT of cereal in our house. The problem was with how to decorate it. Clearly, I was going to have to cover it with something. Wrapping paper would have been an excellent choice, except we do not have any wrapping paper in our house, along with not being crafty, I also HATE gift wrapping. I did however have construction paper. DD3, of course, wanted to wrap it in yellow paper since it is her favorite color. Not very Valentine-y, but it was her box. So Lucky Charms box would became yellow box.
The second issue was how to decorate it. I am all about letting kids do their own work, even at 3. I think when they accomplish such tasks it makes them feel good about themselves and aids in raising an independent person.
|DD3 stamping the yellow paper|
Anyway…so back to the decoration. I figured some sort of paint would work best, but wanted the box to look festive. Then I had a crazy idea. I took a used toilet paper roll, squished it in the middle, to make a heart stamper. DD3 could then dip the end of the tube into the paint and stamp the paper. Genius, right? Once the paint was dry, I added a little ribbon to the top and bottom and DD added some Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Valentine stickers she had left from her valentines. So, we got an awesome looking valentine box with minimal mess and DD3 did most of the work herself.
You could use the stamp idea for cards to grandma or wrapping paper for daddy. It was super easy. So even though I am not creative or crafty, we ended up with a pretty good looking preschool box. Most importantly, DD3 and I had a fun time making it together!
|Stamped yellow paper|