Hello my dears!
It is so good to be back!
Thank you very much for your kind words, thoughts and prayers over the past couple of weeks. Alan and I are very grateful for your concern. We're doing okay and getting back to normal. Aoife still needs to talk it out a bit more, but she's getting there.
Today I want to share something pretty fun with you; art kits. They have saved my sanity quite a few times over the last year, let me tell you.
Last summer, I started making art kits for Aoife. Kirby still needed a lot of hands on attention, and Aoife wanted to be able to make art at a moment's notice. Art kits seemed the way to go.
And they have been a massive hit!
Aoife loves the freedom of going to the craft station and just grabbing a kit whenever she wants to. And I love that I don't have to scramble to get stuff ready for her, but can do it at my own pace whenever I have a moment. I also love that she uses up most of my scraps, so there is not much wastage.
Better still is that these art kits are perfect for taking on the road. I may have started them for her to do on a rainy day at home, but they pack up so easily that you can take them pretty much anywhere.
Last year, I kept our kits very simple. I wanted Aofe to be able to do them on her own as much as possible, so I just put card or watercolour paper and some felt shapes into plastic envelopes. Glue, crayons, pencils and watercolours were close at hand. I used felt shapes on purpose since they don't really tear. A lower risk of tearing = a lower risk of tantrums.
But, there are lots of things you can include:
- paper, felt, or fabric shapes
- glitter or glitter glue
- ribbons and/ or embroidery thread
- old stamps
- scrapbooking or card embellishments
- tooth picks or popsicle sticks
- crayons or coloured pencils
- passport sized photographs or magazine images
The key is to keep them as simple as possible. It will save your sanity and theirs. I pretty much freehand everything (not the giraffe, mind you, I traced that!) and it usually works out okay.