If there is one thing we love over here, it’s our craft-paloozas! I might dislike Tuesdays but I love Wednesdays. Since we started homeschooling, Wednesday has evolved into an art-filled day, with both piano lessons and art class. Wednesday is Leo’s favorite day, without question. In the morning, he zooms through his math and language arts so that he can free the day for his art- his passion. Leo started drawing at a young age and has created some amazing paintings, sculptures, illustrated books, poetry, zentangles, and -most recently- kitchen wall and cabinet murals.
We are blessed because our town has a fantastic arts center where Leo is able to take lessons with a local artist who totally gets him. She will introduce a technique or medium, and then will follow each student’s lead. Leo started working with her when he was five; he was young but she took him on when she saw his talent and focus. Now that we are homeschooling, Leo is enrolled in her multi-age homeschool class. It is wonderful for him to be working with other students who are also passionate about art.
Leo emerges from art class happy and calm. That’s right: art calms him, and that is wonderful for me. After pick up, we typically return home to make more art. Leo’s appetite for art is never satisfied, and T and Seuss are usually inspired by just being in the art center at pick-up and so they, too, have the desire to create. Our Wednesday afternoon “craft-paloozas” (as the kids call them) are often unstructured and child-led but sometimes I am Pinterest-inspired.
I’ve mentioned that my little poppies are currently fairy-obsessed, and so I’ve had my eyes on fairy-related pins. Today we decided to make fairy dolls and fairy doors. Ultimately, the doors will be placed on trees in our backyard “mountain fort” (I should post about our beloved mountain fort at some point!), but because we already have snow on the ground here in New England, we’ve decided to use removable adhesive to place them in each child’s bedroom so that the fairies can be warm and cozy. Leo might think the tooth fairy is a “national hoax” but this child believes in non-tooth fairies, and I love it!
Today, I thought I’d share our Wednesday afternoon craft-palooza with you guys. I am no Martha Stewart, folks, but we had oodles of fun making our fairies and fairy doors.
For the fairy house doors, I placed 6 large popsicle sticks side by side and then hot-glued three standard-sized popsicle sticks horizontally to hold all of the pieces together. Then, we added buttons or small wooden balls for knobs and wooden cut-outs for decorations. For the fairies, I used a clothespin and glued either a wooden heart cut-out or oval shaped cut-outs onto its back for wings.
Then, I asked my little poppies to gather any supplies that they felt they needed. At some point, I’ll post about how we keep all art supplies readily accessible in our home. Sure, it might mean that there is often glitter, well… everywhere, but I honestly feel that it is the best way to foster creativity in children.
And then it was time for the fun.
Some of my happiest moments as a mother occur when my children are creating. I just love watching the process unfold before my eyes.
And, because poor Schizz is working late tonight, we topped the night off with a dinner picnic featuring the movie Secret of the Wings. Our beloved librarian picked it out for my kids earlier this week, because she’s awesome like that.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, GeekMom, and many others. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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