My mom has been telling me to get Ophelia a glue stick and some glitter for ages now. I've been thinking "Do I really need to let the mess get THAT out of control? Let's just stick with crayons for now." Well, seeing as the house couldn't possibly get any messier than it already is, I've resolved to let Ophelia have at it. Plus, it's a fun learning tool and helps her with fine motor skills. Development, here we come!
We went to the craft store yesterday and totally pimped out our kiddy craft stash. Grandpa Jeff and Grandma Tammy gave us a jumpstart with the craft items they sent at Christmas: finger paints and paper, new crayons, new starter markers, and a smock. We added craft paints and brushes, glue, glitter, stamps. sticky foam sheets and shapes, washable markers, pipe cleaners, plaster of paris, and scissors. While Ophelia 'napped', I cleaned up our paper and coloring book stash and organized it all into one big 'box o' craft stuff. I even got a cheapo Christmas Journal that we are going to transform into a craft journal, so we can keep track of what we are doing!
When Ophelia got up we tackled our first official craft project: A is for Alligator. I drew the A and she colored it. I let her try out her new learning scissors on some scrap while I made an eyeball and cut out the A and the foam teeth. Then we busted out the glue and I let her stick it all together. Some foam flowers finish off a pretty cool alligator, if I may say! I'm hoping to save some of the good ones and Modge Podge them onto some cardboard so we can hang them up in her room as wall art!
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