Do you craft with your children? We have a wooden box filled with paper, crayons, paints, glitter and glue and other bits and bobs that Henry and I like to pull out each Wednesday morning during Noah’s nap time. It is lovely one-on-one time, and something we both look forward to each week.
We’ve made Autumn leaves using washable markers, water colour crayons, a spray bottle and coffee filter paper, and we’ve pegged the leaves to raffia and hung the garland from one of the old oak beams in our living space. We’ve collected conkers from the horse chestnut tree in the garden and threaded them on to wire, then dotted them around the house, hanging from door handles and rafters to keep spiders at bay. Next week we’re planning a pumpkin garland, using a halved apple and orange paint to stamp out pumpkin shapes that we can then decorate. Crafting is a wonderful way to celebrate the seasons together, and bring a little nature into the home.
I’m mindful that we choose age-appropriate crafts, as little ones get bored and frustrated easily. Pinterest is a great place to start, and do take a look at the lovely Mie‘s posts on Instagram as she has some wonderful projects to inspire.
This week, we made a beautiful Waldorf-inspired tissue paper star. You need a pack of coloured tissue paper and some glue, and the project took us around half an hour. We used this tutorial, and Henry found the making process easy, I think the repetitive nature of making the individual kite shapes worked well, and gave him a chance to work on his folding skills!
We’ve hung our star in one of the windows at home and it looks so beautiful when it catches the light. It will brighten our living space as the dark days of winter draw in. We’re keen to make more to decorate our home, and they will make lovely Christmas gifts for the teacher and assistants at Henry’s school, and our friends and neighbours here in France.