Anna loves projects now. Every day when she gets up from her nap she says that now it's time for a project. Fortunately after reading so many terrific blogs it's easier for me to accommodate her requests. I don't even remember when I found this simple idea of a paper plate sun, I saw it on several blogs and thought that it has just the right level of difficulty and messiness for me and Anna. She likes the painting-cutting-gluing sequence, especially if it also involves googly eyes in the end :) As the first step, she painted a plate using her new sponge brush. I was as excited about the brush as she was - the coverage is bigger and perfect for big areas. She painted two paper plates in no time at all and brought them outside to dry.
While the paper plates were drying, I got out the construction paper and cut strips for sun rays. Christy from Superheroes and Princesses had a good post recently on proper scissors technique. Since that technique didn't work for Anna, it made me review the first page in our Kumon Let's Cut Paper book that recommended a different technique of putting both middle and index finger in a bigger scissor loop. Poof - the magic happened, and suddenly Anna could cut with the scissors that I deemed "bad". She was very excited and proceeded to cut several strips of paper (we used them later for a different project).
Gluing seems to be Anna's favorite part of any crafts project. I think she inherited this from her father - desire to build things by connecting them together. It's messy, but I believe that she needs to practice the school glue vs. the glue stick, because it allows her to control the pressure she applies. I think she really gets better, especially when she is not too tired. I also tried to make her arrange the sun rays in a pattern, but she was completely not interested. In fact, when I tried to "enlighten" her on patterns, she looked me in the eye and said sternly, Stop talking, mama! I don't want to talk about it now. So much for patterns, somehow they keep slipping off our planned activities for the week :)
Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of a finished project. Anna was so motivated that she did two suns. Maybe I'll snap a picture tonight and edit this post later :)