Today was a provinical holiday here - family day. Derek, of course, didn't have the day off and the thought of having to spend the entire day at home alone with three children, of which two seem to fight constantly, was enough send me directly into our arts and crafts supplies. I kind of fell off the Art Friday band wagon I started but knew I needed to put together a survival plan - a.k.a. just get throught the day in one piece. So Art Friday on a holiday Monday it is.
We completely missed Valentine's crafting - probably the easiest theme! But it takes time to put everything together and I don't always have the energy. So we moved on to another theme, For the Birds.
Ingrid loves doing this. Can't you tell?
First up was painting $2 bird houses I got at Dollarama last night.
They were a big hit, serving up a good 20 minutes of contented concentration and "Mom! Look what I did!"
There she is! So patient to just sit it out.
Wherever there is paint, Elodie is in her happy place. She loves to use black. Lots and lots of black.
Ingrid is becoming a much neater crafter. Instead of just sticking the same brush into several different colours of paint, this time she requested a wet wipe and cleaned her brush between each colour. She thought her wipe was pretty cool with all its colours.
This is what happens when you leave a five year old "in charge" while you take an I-can't-hold-it-anymore 30 second bathroom break...
And that's not washable paint. Yeah me.
And by the way, whenever I bring out craft supplies (even if it's not paints) Elodie's new thing is to take off all her clothes. I tell her it's not necessary but she insists.
Ingrid improvised on the paper bag owl. I gave her a preset supply but she did her own thing.
Elodie quickly lost interest after painting the bird houses and took a licorice/Barney break on the couch while Ingrid moved on to the owl. When she saw how cute it was, though, she dove right in. She, too, did things her own way.
Danica is finding her voice these days and is starting to let me know that she wants my attention, too. She likes to be held a lot lately and starting to grasp things in her reach, like my camera strap. It made taking pictures a little difficult for a while since she wouldn't let go. Smart baby. She figured out that if she held my camera hostage I'd have to stop using it and start paying more attention to her.
"Who!!!" she said. I like your owl, Ellebelle. Good job!
Next we moved onto another bird feeder. I find most of the crafts I come up with are geared more towards Ingrid's abilities than Elodie's. I modify them for Elodie a bit but I try not to. I think it's good for her to be challenged a bit and she usually is able to keep up or change things up a bit for herself. If she can't do a particular thing as I've set it out she'll figure out something else to do in stead and just keep going along.
But I chose this particular bird feeder with Elodie in mind. Ingrid has no trouble threading things onto pipecleaners and neither does Elodie but I wanted to keep her interested. I didn't want her to get too furstrated by too many things that were beyond her skill level.
Turns out Ingrid was way more interested than Elodie. My intention was to make simple rings, or go even simpler and just make a hook on the end of a pipe cleaner and call it an icicle. Pretty basic. But Ingrid decided she wanted to create a set of Olympic rings and set out to do just that. Elodie threaded about three cheerios and then started eating them instead.
Moving on to yet another bird feeder. I was pretty excited about this one myself, even though it's not technically a craft.
We spread peanut butter (WOW butter for my allergic Elodie) on toilet paper tubes and then rolled it in bird seed.
Elodie loves to spread things, always trying to grab a knife and slather butter on anything she can get her hands on. It's always met with a big "NO!" so when I gave her the go ahead today she was pretty excited. She did a very good job of spreading the peanut butter, for a two year old. She was not, however, keen on the bird seed. As I poured some onto a paper plate for her roll her tube in she freaked out a little because the seed was jumping all over the plate. She thought it was alive. NOTE TO SELF: Check bird seed before buying next time. This one had whole peanuts in it. And, yes, she touched them, but, NO! she did not have a reaction. She touched it before I realized they were even in there! I have always believed that her allergy is mild and this just proves it. I am so tempted to give her peanut butter just to prove a point but I won't. I was there in the allergist's office. I saw her reaction. She has an allergy. I'm just so thankful it is not severe.
We managed five! Now all we have to do is wait for the wind to die down so we can slip these over some tree branches.