Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Dec22_ArtBox_1 As I mentioned in my reorganization post, I decided to make one of Anna’s boxes a collage box that is always accessible to her, another one a writing/drawing box, and yet another a “make it/fine motor skills” box. She was so used in not paying attention to her shelves that I finally pointed this new arrangement out to her. It was in the morning after breakfast and immediately Dec22_ArtBox_3 she pounced on the collage box saying, I want to make something! Fortunately, we didn’t have to go anywhere in the morning, and she spent more than 30 independent minutes delightedly cutting with her zigzag scissors, using some stickers and then changing her mind and cutting all the craft foam into “cake for kitty”. By the way she also found out that her plastic zigzag scissors will not cut foam Dec22_ArtBox_2while metal scissors will.  Watching her cut with those zigzag scissors that I put away last year because they were so frustrating for her reminded me how far she went along from the last year in her motor skills. She still displayed no interest in her drawing/writing center, but I am pretty sure that the situation will be different when she is closer to 4. And here on the left “a card for Oma” – the only mini-project that didn’t end up in kitty cake :)

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8 comments:

My Boaz's Ruth said...

Where did you get zig zag scissors suitable for a little one?

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

Wow, she has such a great imagination! M loves cutting with zig zag scissors too. :) Well, who doesn't for that matter? I'm glad she was excited about the set up and spent so much time enjoying the materials you had for her!

kinder/caring said...

What a super idea! I find my daughter loses interest in her shelves too, and this may be the change we need! Thanks for sharing!

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Kim said...

Yay, 30 minutes of independent crafting! Great projects. It is so amazing to see how they progress and are able to use new tools after a break.

The girl who painted trees said...

Zigzag scissors are great. I recently gave Bear all my scrapbook scissors (yes, metal ones, but she's always had sharp scissors without issues). I'm glad Anna is having fun creating!

Ticia said...

Isn't it fun to see their progress from time to time. I need to pull back out our zig zag scissors as well, because mine could probably handle them now.

Tara Rison said...

Love the idea of Kitty Cake! What a great imagination!

Susana said...

I LOVE the kitty cake--Anna is so creative and has such a big imagination too.

I think the card for Oma is so sweet.

I like reading your Art Box posts each week. This is a fun idea.