Crafts have never been something Red has been fond of. He’ll give markers a whirl for less than 5 minutes, stickers for a good 15 minutes, and playdoh managed to catch his attention one time for a hour. That surely was a record, because where paper, scissors, or paint is concerned, Red is not. I find this to be really strange, seeing that I am an artist and have crafty stuff around the house all the time: Sewing, painting, drawing, etc. None of it can capture Red. Maybe he’s too young? Maybe it’s just not his bag?
We found ourselves at the HIGH museum this past week where we stumbled upon a toddler’s craft area for paper flowers. He was drawn in immediately by the other small kids on the fuzzy green rugs and the brightly colored papers on the floor. I had to literally drag him to the front bench to get directions and the kits to begin crafting, but he threw himself on the rug farthest away from me (not seen… mini tantrum prior to crafting…)
Once I showed him how to layer the paper strips on the golf tee, he took charge of choosing his colors, the order in which they were layered, and with no regard for my OCD, started cramming them together. I had to remind myself that this was not a blue ribbon piece for the MET but a child’s experience with paper and crafts. Chill out and let it fly. Doesn’t have to be perfect.
I showed him how to use a glue stick, and while Red was more occupied with making translucent swirls on the paper, I ripped tissue and let him stick it down. I think more glue was wasted than anything else… (maybe I should try a naked kid and finger paints?)
After we were done, the docent glued a pom pom to the top of the golf tee and we were finished! Red was very proud and showed everyone around his masterpiece. I was just happy that we were able to do a little craft together and that Red was able to pay enough attention to it to finish before bailing on it.
Note on the side: Red “loved” his flower to death in the car and peeled the paper off and shredded it. Tangible fun, I suppose… at least it vacuumed up easily… Have you crafted with your kids lately?