Once a week on Anna school days I work from home, and my husband works in the office of the company he consults for. Usually I pick Anna up from school on these days during my lunch, read her a couple of books and then put her down for her nap. Yesterday, however, I had back-to-back conference calls during that time, so I had to improvise. The topic of the day for Online Advent Calendar was Postcards. So I decided to let Anna create some in a semi-open ended manner. I glued a couple of things on the cardstock for her, and set out the materials crayons, markers, stickers and glitter glue. Then I left her to her devices. She was very pleased with a fancy set of Christmas stickers – a gift from Babushka. It cracked me up that she sort of undressed the penguins and used their feet and hats to decorate the Christmas tree instead. Here is what she did after about 30 minutes:
And, of course, here is story of the day: Once there was a little girl named Alexis and she sent out twenty Christmas cards. The Christmas Cat got one, because it was for her. And she also wrote one to Santa and asked for presents. She asked for a star, a crown and a music box that plays any melody. Her friends were happy to get her cards, but then Christmas Cat took them all away, and they were sad. But Christmas Cat wasn’t naughty. She wanted to make a big-big-big Christmas card out of those cards and send it to Santa. Christmas Cat wanted a doll for Christmas. The end.
Book of the day
It’s a nice book, and Anna could read most of it by herself. The pictures are bright and big, and focus on creative activities during December – making Christmas cards, baking, wrapping presents, decorating, giving and sharing. It wasn’t Anna favorite, because she didn’t like the picture of December 25. She thought that the girl looked scared and not excited. I have to say that I agree – I didn’t think that that particular scene was well done.
To see more open-ended creations by kids, visit The Art Box at Tired, Need Sleep.