Every day is a school day as a parent isn’t it? I have beautiful visions of children sitting, enthralled in challenging but enjoyable creative crafting activities each afternoon. Gently whiling away the hours as the afternoon fades. Possibly there would be some gently tinkling music in the background. I look on sipping my freshly brewed coffee (or gin).
Alas. As it turns out, toddler crafting is not always quite like this. In our house, someone always ends up covered head to toe in paint (often me), there’s normally a battle over the glue and the boy one is always bored after 3 minutes and runs off to find more important things to do, like threatening to ‘fix’ the TV with his toy spanner.
You can watch him doing just that (and me looking like a loon) right here..
But, do you know, I still love it. I’ve just had to learn that it’s not like the picture in my head but as long as they enjoy it (even if only for 3 minutes) it’s all good.
As the dark nights and chilly days of autumn are here, it can be difficult to motivate any of us to get out and about outside. I’ve found that having a purpose to be in the garden and a task to do really helps. This week our mission has been to find our favourite leaves for some craft projects.
Here’s what we made:
- Leaf Hedgehogs
I cut hedgehog shapes from paper (like a teardrop shape with one flat side). I then drew faces on the pointy part and we used glue to stick leaves on to make hedgehog spikes. We talked about hedgehogs whilst doing this and about where they hide and how they curl up into a ball to hide.
- Leaf Printing
I have to say, this never produces the best results in this house, but H LOVES it. At 2 and a half my tiny two still seem to get totally distracted by getting as much paint as possible everywhere. But, they do love that they understand how to print a leaf.Collect some interesting leaves, make sure that they are fully dry. Paint the underneath, veiny side and turn over and press on to paper. Taa-da!
- Leaf Crowns
These are so simple but really fun to make. Just cut out strips of thick paper or card, long enough to go around the head, lay out flat and glue leaves on. When they’ve dried, staple the ends together to form a crown. Wear with pride! Watch our little video to see our leaf crowns, including me modelling one.
What’s your favourite autumn activity? Do you think I should wear the crown out and about more often? Please tell me I’m not the only one that pretends we’ve run out of PVA glue…?
This post was written in conjunction with the lovely people at Forest Holidays who are encouraging us all to get out and about with their 30 Days of Autumn project.
They’ve also kindly offered my readers 5% off any bookings made with them by 31st December 2014. Hurrah! The code is: VWAUTUMN. I shall be very jealous of anyone going as their holidays look amazing!
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