Welcome to December’s edition of ‘Cutting Edge Craft’: what Beany and I really get up to. The truth behind the laminated learning games and bottle top wonders.
There are many websites that demonstrate craft projects for the
budding genius toddler, far better than I could ever hope to, so instead I try to bring you a tongue-in-cheek look at a simple seasonal craft project each month, to re-create with your little monster, trouble monkey, creative whirlwind, pickle.
Play matters and these craft projects can be added to if your child is older or made simpler if they are younger. The important thing is to have fun!
BALLS TO BAUBLES
(Apprentice’s Age: 2 years old)
Here’s what you’ll need:
The blank cardboard baubles can be purchased from several craft outlets. The ones pictured above, as well as the pom-poms, come from Baker Ross.
Take one toddler, six baubles and go mad with pens, sticky tape, feathers and pom-poms. Decorate the bauble with a Christmas theme. Using the double sided sticky tape to attach the pom-poms and feathers. Allow your toddler to project manage this task. Any other course of action is futile.
If you’re really daring you can move onto glue and glitter. Use a tray to hold the glitter so that the baubles can be rolled in the glitter for maximum glue to glitter ratio.
You will find your toddler will want to create a waterfall of sparklies by tipping the glitter from tray to tray. Do not try to take the trays away as there is likely to be a loud response to this suggestion. Don’t worry though because they will then be disproportionately upset when they discover that the glue on their fingers has caused large clumps of glitter to gather on their finger tips and will insist on washing their hands. This creates an excellent diversion in which to
hide clear away the glitter.
You can use whatever decorative items you have to hand. Why not try, old sweet wrappers, clean not the sticky ones your toddler licked although you won’t need glue with those, tin foil, shiny stickers or glitter. If you do use glitter, be ready to be find it everywhere for the next year, at least. See previous notes on glitter craft.
Finally hang your creations on the tree:
Have you tried this project with your little one? Let me know in the comments below.