My daughter ORDERED me away from the computer yesterday after school while my son was napping. It was a perfect stolen moment for a little mother-daughter time. She had a craft for us to work on: stuffed construction paper animals. I know it don’t sound like it would work but I have seen her make small pillows this way before and it does, sort of. Anyways, the point is that’s not the point, right?!
Since she has “perfected” the process I followed her instructions. We used large sized stencils to create the shape. By the way I love those stencils (Familiar Shapes Stencils 8 – Set of 12)! They get used all the time for lots of different projects. She chose a bear and I chose a girl. We picked construction paper for the front and back. Then we cut them. I had to cut around my shape more generously to make it stuff-able. Then we stapled around the edges, and filled with polyester fiber. We added a final staple to close it up and some tape here and there. Then it was time to add some finishing touches! I don’t think anyone will be rushing to pin this project but actually the result was better than many of my craft ideas.
So what did I learn yesterday (or relearn)?
- The time spent with your children is more important that what you DO during that time.
- You get to know your kids a little better when you squeeze in some one-on-one time with them!
- Taking direction from your children seems to foster confidence and leadership skills.