So, I’ve been kinda crazy about sandpaper lately. I have three packs of different grits and I’m trying to use them all up so as you probably already guessed…this is the first in a series of about four different sandpaper projects I’ll be bring to Tried & True. Yay sandpaper!
Just so you know, I’m by no means well-versed in the Montessori method but I like to read and research (Thank you, History major) so I try to interject little bits of Maria Montessori into our everyday life where I can. Luckily a lot of the materials are totally DIY-able and there are tons of amazing bloggers who are willing to share their knowledge!
I should disclose, however, that I sorta kinda missed the boat on Jack (4 years) and this Tactile Matching Game. Waaaaay too easy for him. Maybe I should use it as part of a whole tactile series, going from one activity to another? I think he’d really enjoy something a little more difficult like a Feel & Find game. At least I still have Max to use the Tactile Matching Game!
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You gotta love any craft that makes you dig through the recycling bin. (Ooo, look at my dry skin. Ouch, get that woman some moisturizer!) Toilet paper rolls make adorable heart stamps, who knew? I’ll tell you who knew…Pinterest. I’d seen this simple craft making the rounds (Rustic Remnants, Teach Preschool, Daily Candy) so when I came down with a nasty case of mastitis this week, I knew that bending a toilet paper tube and giving Jack some paint was about all the energy I could muster.
I gotta tell you that this project was a major exercise in letting Jack explore the creative process on his own terms. I was reminded about this concept a few weeks ago when I came across the Learning to Let Go article on Hands On: As We Grow. I know that, when crafting with a young child, it truly is about the process, not the product but who chooses green, gray and black paint for a VALENTINE’S DAY project?! I told him he could pick any colors and those are the colors he chose. Deal with it, Vanessa. Funny thing is that I love how his turned out. Maybe he’s on to something, pink and red are so last year. :D
Jack’s favorite part…squeezing the paint out!
Jack’s lovely green/black/gray hearts. I couldn’t have done them better!
So, whether it was because of inspired parenting or being completely drained because of Mastitis (more likely), I was able to let go of what I thought this project should look like. Green and black? Awesome, go for it. You want to mix all the colors? That would be fun. What would happen if we squeezed the tubes out of shape? Cool, let’s find out. In the end it was a win/win. Jack gain some creative freedom and confidence and I got to lay out comatose on the floor while he was entertained. Thank goodness for the weekend!
Tutorial: Practical Gift Bow How-To, Babalisme
If you’re anything like me and leave gift wrapping to the last possible minute, Babalisme’s Practical Gift Bow How-To is the perfect 5 Minute Craft! The directions were well written and concise but it still took me a couple tries before the bow came out perfect. Babalisme recommends making a few and having them on hand for any wrapping emergencies which I definitely intend to do. No more frazzled runs to Target for me anymore!
I love that I can now make recycled paper bows. Another wonderful use for paper grocery bags, junk mail and newspapers!