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 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 something 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” :)