In all my years of parenting (yes, all three and a half) I have never come across anything as versatile as the cardboard thingie from the middle of the toilet roll (do they have a name? Innard? Tube? Core? You know what I mean) when it comes to crafts.
We have made binoculars, aliens, planes and used them as painting tools…
Freya is very much into anything pink, glittery or bejewelled (as well as mud, mess and the black felt-tip pen, just to balance things out) and already dictates what she will and won’t wear (trousers are out of favour at the moment).
If that carries on I can see her being interested in fashion and, even though I am not, I would happily take her to one of the fashion shows when she’s older, if she wanted to go. I was lucky enough to attend one of the events in previous years, as part of my job, and I loved the buzz just as much as seeing the clothes.
Anyway, as we had some toilet rolls in the recycling I thought we’d have a go at making some bracelets (which, like everything else, I first saw on Pinterest). They are the perfect fit for tiny wrists (and not so tiny ones if you cut a slit in them).
Another great thing about them is, once she’s finished playing with them, the “jewels” peel off to be reused again and the tubes can be recycled.
What’s the best thing you have you made from the cardboard thingies? We are always on the look out for new things to try.
“What is love?” I ask Freya every so often. When she was a lot younger she would say “hugs” and then “kisses” but this week she said: “It’s when two hearts kiss.”
“Who do those hearts belong to?” I questioned further.
She listed herself and grandad, daddy, nan, grandad Arnie, Grandma, Uncle John, half her nursery class and then, finally, me (I was grateful to be included, eventually).
To Freya, love is all around (that should be a song).
As I’ve mentioned in pastyears, Valentine’s Day is NOT a favourite of mine but, as it’s impossible to avoid, I’m starting as I mean to go on by trying to make it a positive for her. To me that means celebrating every kind of love rather than just romantic love. Wouldn’t it be great if it could stay like that?
This year, we’ve made things for her grandparents and great grandma as well as other people of her choosing (we didn’t do her nursery class because it’s half term but also because I am lazy and I figured they might do something themselves).
As always, Pinterest is my saviour. I’ve pinned a few more easy crafts, if you are in need of some inspiration. Long live Pinterest!
Both the tree hands and the sun catchers were fun and easy to do. As an added extra I got her to paint a sheet of white paper red for the stick on hearts for the trees (with brushes, hands and feet) which was probably the best part for her.
How do you feel about Valentine’s Day? Do you celebrate it?
A few months ago I bought a pack of felt with the grand notion that I would make Freya a weather board.
My idea was that each morning we would look out of the window (ideally after the sun had come up) and she could decide whether it was sunny, rainy, snowy (or more like frosty) and windy etc and then go to a lovingly crafted chart where she could stick the right, beautifully sewed, symbol on.
Yeah, never happened.
Every time I opened that bloomin’ craft box the pack of felt glared at me so I got on Pinterest and decided this version of a Christmas garland from It’s Always Autumn looked fun (and relatively easy).
We set to work with Freya making use of her new scissor skills.
And eventually came up with this:
About 30 seconds after I snapped the photo everything fell off and I had to velcro it all back on. Despite that I think it makes a nice colourful addition to the photo wall (although maybe calling our version a garland is pushing things a bit far?).
Talking about crafts, how do you feel about handmade gifts for teachers? The mum of one of Freya’s friends is making all the teachers something but I think with my…er…skills…it might be best to buy something? Is this an occasion where it isn’t the thought that counts?