We left our purple paper garland from Christmas hanging up over the fireplace in preparation for Lent (yes, I know it’s next month). After looking through Creative Crafts for Kids this morning, my five year old and I decided to make snowflakes to hang from the garland.
The book called for origami paper which is probably thinner than the regular colored paper we had on hand. It gave my son lots of practice in lining things up plus cutting along the lines that I drew for him.
Then I thought we would try making something for the centerpiece on our dining room table. This year, I’m using the centerpiece as a place to recognize the liturgical year. Since this is the month of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, I wanted to do a craft with the IHS monogram. I printed outline letters for the little ones to glitter glue. The glitter glue was not cooperative. Next we tried glue and sparkly things. The sparkly things obscured the letters, but in the end turned out to be a great crafting opportunity for the kids. They practice their pincer grip and had fun deciding which pieces they wanted to use.
The IHS craft was a good reminder for me that art isn’t as much about the product for kids, but the process. To me, I didn’t get the desired result of something for our centerpiece. For the kids, they had fun gluing small things on paper. I think we’ll use this technique again when we make Valentine cards.
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