Sofie and I are so into arts and crafts these days that we decide to do something for her dad. Our options were making a card, a medal or a drawing. My daughter thought up a brilliant idea and said we should make a trophy/pen holder Daddy can use for his office. Now if only we had the materials. . . . After a little rummaging through our art kit (and the kitchen), here's what we came up with:
- 1 big plastic tumbler
- manila paper
- felt cloth (you can also use paper)
- gold glitters
- Elmer's Glue
- hot glue & glue gun
- pipe cleaners (we used purple and yellow, it would be nice if we had gold)
- other decorations (we used rubber stars and ribbons)
- Cut out the letters D-A-D-D-Y out of the felt cloth. This is a good practice for you preschooler's fine motor skills. I had her practice with some newsprint papers, of course she had other ideas.
- Wrap the the plastic tumbler with manila paper. We used hot glue to secure the paper. Take caution with your preschooler and make this a "mommy's turn" task.
- Use a small piece of ribbon and glue it around the top of the tumbler. You can also use some decorative paper or whatever materials you have. One reason why I love this project, is that you can decorate it pretty much whatever way you and your kid want.
- Cover the tumbler with some glue and sprinkle some glitters until every inch of the manila paper is covered. Explain to your kid how glitters can be dangerous as it can be inhaled or go into their eyes. Of course, after I sad this Sofie blew the glitters all over the place!
- Using some glue (hot glue is more secure), stick the word DADDY on the trophy, along with other decorations.For the handle (or "ears" as my kid called it) we twisted some pipe cleaners together and used the hot glue to secure it to the sides. I found the cool rubber stars with adhesive tape, pipe cleaners and felt cloth in Office Warehouse.
Let you kid enjoy craft making and express themselves. Remember mommies, there is no right or wrong so let them explore. Just make sure they are doing it safely. Happy Father's day crafting!
Now, if only I could teach her how to pose for pictures!!!!