Lizzie and I made a craft together this afternoon; a collaborative effort. Lizzie did the messy bits, which meant a very messy baby, but mummy also got very messy. This is to be expected when painting and gluing with a 6 month old 😀 Great fun though and the top reason for doing it again and again and attending the creation station. When we first started painting together, she wasn’t really sure about what she was doing and though she liked to touch the paint, wasn’t really touching the paper or material to paint on with consistency, but now her hands are straight in the paint and all over everything – paper, table, floor, herself, ME… So amusing watching her get her little fingers stuck into the mess 😀
For this craft you will need the following:
- Paper Plate
- Pipe Cleaners
- Cotton Wool
- PVA Glue
Extras but not essential.
- Flower Stickers & Embellishments
- Coloured small lolly sticks
Usually I’m the one behind the camera and I am for most of this as James was doing some DIY around the home, so there’s more photos of the crafts currently than the active participation as it’s quite hard to watch and hold a baby and photograph her at work, but I try and I did manage to get James to stop briefly to take a few snaps of Lizzie painting whilst I supported her.
Please excuse James’ thumb…he really ought not take photos lol We just sat on the floor with newspaper under us, squeezed a little paint onto the paper plate and let Lizzie have at it. The plate was well covered by the time she was finished playing with the paint and so was mummy and baby! My daughter now resembles a baby smurf and is reluctant to let me bathe her…First thing in the morning, though I’ve used wipes as much as she will allow!
Next step, give baby/child cotton wool balls to pull apart. Best to watch very carefully if your baby likes to put everything in their mouth for a standard taste test. This is a really good sensory activity with touch sensations. The paint was cool and wet and smooth and the cotton wool is soft and dry.
Once the cotton wool as been sufficiently pulled apart (and your baby is no longer interested in playing with it) we placed it to one side and whilst she was busy with that under my watchful gaze, I cut out some butterfly shapes from the felt and twisted some pipe cleaners into bodies.
We then glued the wings to the plate, and the bodies to the wings. It was then Lizzie’s turn to stick the previously placed aside cotton onto the plate to make clouds, this is a messy affair, best to have wipes on hand for babies and a tray of water for toddlers/kids to rinse hands to remove glue and stuck cotton from little fingers and hands 🙂
Whilst sticky mess with cotton and glue was going on I sat gluing sticks and sticking flower embellishments on.
Lastly popped some glue on the butterfly wings and gave the baby the tub to shake…my goodness it was everywhere and the dogs are sparkling too, but we got the desired effect so well done Lizzie. Then we were done! Tada!
This can be straight hung on the wall with blue tack or pins, or you could punch a hole or two in the top and thread through some ribbon and hang 🙂 Happy creating!