Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Toddler Friendly Thanksgiving Art Project

When we moved here, and I knew I was going to become a stay-at-home mom, I made a weekly schedule for myself with different things to do each day in different areas of my life. I knew I needed some structure to add variety to our days and make sure things got done. We've loosely followed the schedule for the past few weeks, but I started really trying to achieve everything on the schedule this week. It hasn't totally happened (surprise for all you moms out there - the area that keeps getting left out is me time), but I did pretty good.

Anyway, on Fridays, my "special" activity with Cadie is arts/crafts. Last week, we painted, but I wanted something a little more interesting this week. Of course, I didn't think about this until yesterday morning. I've also been wanting to help her understand Thanksgiving. So, I grabbed a bunch of my magazine from October and November (I get a lot of magazines - Real Simple, Better Homes and Gardens, Woman's Day, Ladies' Home Journal, and Parents - they were all gifts or free, and I love them)and started cutting out pictures that have to do with Thanksgiving/Fall, hoping she would be into making a collage.

She loved it! I let her pick which pictures she wanted to glue.
She really did it all herself. She was very methodical. She would pick a picture, put it in the top left corner of her desk, apply the glue, put the lid back on the glue stick, then stick the picture down.
We got to talk about some Thanksgiving things - most of my pictures were of food, but that was okay.

She was very proud of the finished product - we put it on the fridge right away.


Anonymous said...

LOVE IT!(especially the pumpkin cheesecake front and center!). No really I think you all did a great project for this special holiday. Next year you can write her dictation about what she is thankful for as she makes the collage. And knowing our cutie pie-she'll be reading it back to you.
Love to you all,

Anonymous said...

AMAZING! What barely two year old spends more time than slapping one picture on a collage before moving on to another interest. She is amazing!


Anonymous said...

Love this project and am so proud of how our little lady is already so crafty and loves it. Love the way she is also so organized in the way she does things. She is so smart. You are such a good Mom!