Sunday, May 10, 2009

Scrapbook Paper Letters

I try to do a craft with Ollie every day. It is special time for just he and I, and he really looks forward to it. I get great inspiration from around the web, but yesterday came up with an idea of my own.

I have wanted to put up a banner for Spring. I also have a ton of leftover scrapbooking paper that I need to use up. James loves to glue right now, and so I drew big letters on cardstock, and cut scraps of paper for him to glue. (I did the gluing this time and he did the sticking).

This was fun because we were able to have fun and learn at the same time--sounding out letters, spelling, and talking about what season it is.

After we finished gluing, I cut the letters out and hole punched them to hang. Ollie inserted pipe cleaners to hang them from a ribbon we ran across the mantel in the livingroom.

How much fun is this? Tomorrow we are going to make some ducks and butterflies and flowers to hang in between the letters.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

A Toddler's Eye View

We have been enjoying birdwatching as a family. We have several feeders set up, and have seen a number of birds, including Robins, Woodpeckers and Nuthatches. Ollie has a great view of the feeders from his seat at the table in the kitchen, and he knows nearly every variety. His favorite is the "Chick-a-dee-dee-dee" as he says it.

A few weeks ago we did a little craft project with cut paper. I asked him body parts for birds (body, legs, wings, beak) and I cut them out. He then glued them on the paper. Here is a comparison of the real birds we have photographed, and Ollie's versions.

Of course, being his Mom, I think these are pretty fantastic. Maybe I have a little John James Audubon on my hands!