The other day, Sophie and I walked to the drugstore to buy her first glue stick. We talked about our purchase on the way there, and after we rang it up she held onto it tightly while we did our usual loop. (I hope this means that she'll one day share my same love of craft and office supplies!) This particular trip did not even necessitate a stop at the deli for a bagel (my usual trick for keeping her seated in her stroller) because we talked on and on about the craft project that was waiting for her and her glue stick back at the house...
Scrap paper (I used fluorescent post-it notes and a tiny bit of scrap gold envelope paper I got at Paper Source a decade ago). The neon office supply stickers shown above have worked their way into every art project since S's birthday. Other stuff you'll need: a favorite photo of the card's honoree, a couple pieces of scrap ribbon, and a piece of heavy duty paper that can withstand toddler hands. Oh, and a glue stick, of course.
Ages two and up
This took a total of four minutes to whip up. Cut some petals. Gather supplies. Print your photo. Arrange the makings of the card.
S needed some help with the glue stick, but she caught on pretty quickly. She did this one almost entirely on her own with just a few prompting questions: Where do you want to put the glue? Where do you want to stick the petals?
Once Sophie was in the zone, I could empty the dishwasher within eyesight while she crafted away. Which means that this project had her total attention. Here's my version alongside the artist's finished work...
Can't wait to share this card with Sophie's grandma, Nina, today!
Photos by Rebecca Pitts.