And snipping, snipping
To cut out hearts
~ John Updike “February” from A Child’s Calendar
For weeks Bella, inspired by one of her favorite poems, has been asking to cut out hearts.
I had this inspiration to cut out hearts from the vast supply of water colored papers that Bella and Sophie have been stockpiling and have the girls glue them onto construction paper. Then we could decorate these cards with plenty of glitter glue and stickers and whatever else might strike our fancy.
On trips to Target and CVS I collected a few crafting supplies: construction paper, heart stickers, glitter glue. Do you know how hard it is to find lace doilies? Why is that? I seem to remember them being everywhere when I was younger. In the grocery stores and pharmacies and anywhere that sold cards. Now they seem to be a rare bird. I found a one package of small gold heart doilies at Michael’s and that was it.
I tend to put off doing crafts with the kids because it always seems like it’s going to be so much work. But once we get started it is such a great deal of fun. And not just for the girls. I loved making my own collage cards. It must bring out my inner ten year-old. I could have kept it up all day.
We ended up with more than two dozen cards, two little girls covered in glitter glue, and not too much of a mess on the table.
Bella adored it all from gluing on hearts to sticking stickers to mixing the various colors of gliter glue into a sodden mess on her paper. She can be very methodical with craft projects—she is always the last child to finish when we do crafts at library’s story time—and I think she only applied glitter to two of her cards because she got so very absorbed in the process. But she didn’t mind when Sophie and I decorated the rest of them, so all was good.
I think Sophie’s favorite part was sticking on the stickers. She didn’t require any help with them and there was zero frustration factor in it. Most of the tasks were really beyond her, including squeezing the glitter out of the tubes; but she was pretty content to let me squeeze while she held the tube and directed me. She especially enjoyed having me write out her name in glitter.
Nonetheless, fun was had by all except Ben who was upset that he couldn’t throw all the art supplies all over the floor. You’ll enjoy it more next year, Ben.