Monday, January 4, 2010

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In the last two weeks I didn’t utter the phrase Let’s make xyz even once, and it felt good! I just kept refilling two plastic boxes on Anna’s shelf in the kitchen. One box is “make it” box, and we went there through a couple of craft kits, ingredients for making a bead necklace with pipecleaners and a cutting practice sheet. The second box is essentially a collage box – it has glitter glue Jan1_EyeCard_SM and a glue stick, regular scissors and zigzag scissors, paper scraps and small craft pieces. Once Anna figured out the new arrangement, she accepted it eagerly. It was interesting to see when she chose to do her art box and what she wanted to do. Sometimes the timing was not ideal – a couple of times she used the art box as an excuse to stall her going to bed routine, but she truly enjoyed selecting materials and was more creative in her choices. My favorite is her little “eye card” in this picture on the right. She was working quite hard on it – gluing those small eye pieces is not easy. She even scribbled a message inside – that’s about the only time when she chose to do Jan2_Collage_SMsomething with pencils. She also created a few collages with various stickers, googly eyes, sequins and such. I loved watching her work intently and happily on her projects. I had to help her once or twice with gluing a particularly stubborn piece, but all those art projects were truly hers – initiated by her, executed independently and proudly shown to papa. I am hoping to do more of this “free art” in 2010 and rotate her materials often to keep her interested and spark her own creativity.

For more Art Box creations, visit Tired, Need Sleep. And stay tuned for my post about our “math box” :)

7 comments:

MaryAnne said...

I'm really looking forward to hearing what's in your math box!

Shannon said...

I like your idea for a free art box. Most of the activities we do around her are very structured so I will probably start doing something like that when Sweet Pea gets just a little older.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

We love our art box! We have an invention kit too, with things you would find in your recycling bin. Both are essential in our household!

Ticia said...

Now, see mine only use pipe cleaners to make "traps."... I don't know if you get the Sunday paper, but she might also enjoy using the Sunday ads for her collage box.
And I decided that even if you already have the lemonade stand award I'm giving it to you again, gosh darn it, because you deserve it!

Debbie said...

Love to see Anna so into her art box! Selena loves things like this too, stickers anyway, but she never leaves them on her art work.:) She puts them on only to peel them back off and who knows where we will find them.

Susana said...

Each week when I read these posts I am more and more drawn to this idea. I just may set this up for Joe tomorrow--we'll see how time/our day goes. I hope to soon though.

We are all pretty "instructionalized craft" tired out over here and this would be a very welcome change for a bit.

I am glad this is working so well for both you and Anna.

Nicole {tired, need sleep} said...

This is just so awesome... I love her "eye card", lol - what a creative girl and it's so great to hear she is having fun and proud of her little creations. Your ideas for the boxes are so good, and I'm anxious to hear about your math box!