While I’ve been off my feet for a while this summer and since the end of the Olympics, I’ve been encouraging Alice to get a bit more creative. To be fair, it hasn’t been that difficult as we’ve had a few rainy miserable days here and it’s always fun to empty the making box all over the kitchen table.
Alice traded in some of her lizard cards from Explore Learning for a set of t-shirt graffiti pens, so we ordered her a couple of cheap white t-shirts to have a play with. They arrived earlier today so she had a great afternoon finding her inner fashion designer.
I love how she put a design on the back too!
I’ve also encouraged her to start making cards for her friend’s birthdays. Her friend Daisy was seven at weekend and she wanted to make a bird card like the ones I’ve been making recently, so I gave her a choice of some of the girly floral papers to make one with. This is pretty much all her own work with the exception of the mounting for the happy birthday flag. Her friend loved the card and I do too. I think it’s great how she made the bird fly, adding in a second wing behind.
Another craft I’ve tried to do with Alice is some basic sewing. I think it’s a skill everyone should master, even if it only means being able to sew on a button. I know it is a skill that will help with her Brownie badges. So on a recent trip to Clark Crafts in Ramsbottom, I found this little kit. As she loves cats at the moment, this looked like the ideal kit to start with.
It’s a pretty simple kit and comes with everything needed to make the cat, including stuffing and a needle (plastic). It took a few goes, but she finally mastered the basic running stitch to put all the pieces together, then spent a good half hour deciding where all the embellishment pieces would go. She loves the finished cat and it has slept by her bed every night! I need to make sure she doesn’t lose this liking for sewing and get out some of the other kits I have hidden away that she hasn’t been interested in up to now.
Well it’s back to school next week, so it’s time for me to get on with some more sewing – name tapes in uniform! And I must remember to get a new dance uniform too.