Summer is in full swing and it has been amazing to see the girls flourishing during our time here in California. They’re both learning to swim like fish and I think we are all embracing the more laid back California dreamin’ summertime . A new development for Mabel is how much longer she is able to engage on a particular project. Coloring has always been a favorite activity, but the time spent was about 5-10 minutes on the average. Now she can spend anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour whipping up her masterpieces. Not only does she love to color and paint , she is all-in for any type of crafting project (watch out, Martha Stewart!) and this mommy needs to step up her game. Now that I have a budding fine artist in our midst and little sister, Evelyn, not far behind, I’ve been putting together a craft kit I can have at the ready whenever artistic inspiration strikes. I will share my art kit must-haves in the coming weeks. The art kit is great way to keep every craft minded bit and bob organized and all in one place.
My goal is to fuel my babies’ imagination and watching Mabel in that moment I knew I had hit a home run.
One of the first craft ingredients I bought for our kit was a giant pack of pipe cleaners in various colors. They came separated by color and the first thing Mabel did was pull off the rubber bands that separated them and mix all of them together in one giant pile. My OCD kicked in pretty quick when I saw how quickly my perfectly organized kit was falling apart at the seams, but then I looked at the delight in Mabel’s face. She was literally giddy with excitement. My initial intention was for us to make cute furry caterpillars with our newly acquired pipe cleaners. The moment I sat down next to Mabel and her multicolored pile of magic, however, I knew something better was about to be created. She was a flurry of imagination. She kept telling me about all the amazing things she was going to make. Bending and wrapping the pipe cleaners in all types of ways, giggling at her own silliness. Listening to Mabel’s stream of ideas made me realize creating the perfect craft wasn’t my goal. My goal is to fuel my babies’ imagination and watching Mabel in that moment I knew I had hit a home run. It didn’t matter what we made.
Mabel is all about superheroes and princesses, so we started to get busy on making a crown. The headpiece led to making a matching scepter, which ultimately led to a request for a beautiful princess dress. Woah. Way out of Mommy’s crafting comfort zone. What’s a Mommy to do?! Stretch her imagination of course. Luckily, I’m dealing with a three year old whose level of art appreciation is on par with stick figures and smiley faces. We took a dishtowel and made quite the chic sarong complete with pipe cleaner embellishment. Princess outfit complete! Mabel was incredibly pleased at her ensemble and couldn’t stop chatting about all of the other things we could make. She did a little fashion show for Evelyn which got a good giggle out of her. These are the moments I truly cherish being a mom. I even made a Pinterest board for future pipe cleaner art inspiration.
Do you have any favorite crafts you like to do with your kids? If so, what’s in your craft kit?? Any suggestions for what I should put in ours?
From my home to yours,