I like to think that I'm raising a little crafter. One of Ian's very favorite things to do is sit down with a pile of paper, scissors, glue, and crayons and just mess around, and he and I have great fun making projects together, too. In this post you can see one of the little foam turkeys that we made for Thanksgiving this year, for example, and he loves to help out with my own projects. (And yarn winding. He loves yarn winding.)
For Christmas this year, he and I made ornaments for his grandmas and aunts and uncles.
Aren't they cute?
These were very simple to make. The ornaments are clear, hollow plastic...discs, I guess? (they're flattened, rather than being spherical). Using a white Stazon inkpad (a solvent ink that adheres to non-porous surfaces like glass and plastic), Ian stamped his thumbprint three times to make the snowman. After the ink dried, we used acrylic paint to add the snowman's face, hat, buttons, and arms -- I painted, Ian supervised. When THAT was dry, Ian partially filled the ornaments with coarse glitter (added bonus: thanks to the magic of static electricity, some of the glitter stuck to the inside of the ornament, making the whole thing sparkly!). Then we put the tops back on the ornaments and put on the strings. Ian had the idea to add a jingle bell or two, so he strung those on as well.
They're somewhat similar to our ornaments from, I think, two years ago:
Ian helped a lot less with these -- he was much smaller! ;-) These are small glass balls with, again, Ian's thumbprint (this time with dark brown Stazon). I glued on a little red rhinestone and drew eyes with a black Sharpie and antlers with a brown Sharpie. Voila: reindeer!
I'm a total sucker for kids' crafts incorporating thumbprints and handprints -- by the time Ian ages out of wanting to make silly little Christmas ornaments with me, we might have quite the collection of them!