Simple, cheap and with the kind of supplies I have laying in my junk drawer, is my kind of craft lately. With Easter right around the corner, an Easter craft felt in order. These carrot bookmarks are cheap, quick, simple and useful.
The kids really love creating and feel a real sense of pride and accomplishment when they finish a project. It isn’t uncommon for the kids to grab supplies and create with no direction from me. They are creative little souls all on their own. We had a little Easter crafting jam session with some simple supplies.
I full on let my kids run this project. As tempting as it was to fix their triangles, or straighten an edge, I held back. We used some paint sample cards, scissors, hole punch and ribbon. I loved having the opportunity to teach Eleanor how to curl ribbon. When I work with my kids on a project, I love the way it pushes them and teaches new skills. Hudson practiced his cutting skills and Eleanor learned how to curl ribbon.
I also love the way the creating forces them to plan and structure, to think through steps and to problem solve. I know how easy it can be to look at creating or making a project as a mess, but it is so much more than that. It is an investment in curiosity, problem solving, fine motor skills, vision, patience, focus, attention to detail and creativity. The more we use our creativity, the more we have. Creativity multiplies. We have had many tears over projects not gone as plan, or frustration over things not turning out just right. These are big life lessons packaged up in little crafts done around the kitchen table.
To make your fancy Carrot bookmark, grab a paint sample in the orange family. It is thick and resilient paper. I let my kids plan and cut their own triangles.
Some lessons are hard learned, like punching a hole too close to the edge. But we learn, grow in our ability to think ahead and plan and move on.
We cut two pieces of ribbon, folded them in half and stuck the halfway/folded portion through the hole. We then took the ends over the bookmark, and pulled them through the loop we just made.
This was a new concept to Eleanor. I love a project that incorporates a new skillset. I also love the look on their face when they master a new skill.
Next, we curled the ribbon. It took a bit of practice, but I think she got it. Now I have a gift wrapping sidekick ready to go!
We also had some fun paper plate crafting. Hudson was so proud of the happy bunny he made. I love the smile he added to his bunny that he insisted on making green.
I quite literally cannot believe it is April! We have such big goals and plans for this month. Big goals for me and my business. Plans to travel. A little guy who is turning four. I just cannot believe it!
As far as Easter goes, we still have plans to bake and decorate Easter cookies and dye eggs. We decoupaged eggs one Easter, which was a fun twist. You can learn more about how to decoupage eggs here. There is also an Easter egg coloring sheet that is a free printable that you can grab here.
Have you crafted or created lately? Any Easter traditions you are looking forward to?
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