Our grandchildren, Taylor age 6 and Ella age 4, had a sleep over last weekend at our house. As all children, they love doing art and craft projects. The more glue, pom pons, glitter and markers, the better. The dining room table is consumed by our mess when the three of us get going. Sometimes this kind of thing goes all day off and on and we have to clear once in a while for meals. They love doing the crafts in the main dining area because they are in the middle of all the action and conversation. They also love not getting dressed until late in the day. Sometimes Ella doesn’t get out of her nightgown and slippers until bath/bedtime when a new set is chosen.
One of the main craft projects involved large paper bags with handles that I had cut apart so they were working with a single sheet of paper that had a handle on the top just perfect for hanging when the artwork was finished. We called it ‘bag art” and they were all “gung-ho” to get started. We decided that a snowman shape and cotton balls would be a good place to start. I put glue on a paper plate so they could dip the cotton balls in the glue. Then I stepped out of the picture and let them go to town, creating their little masterpieces. I collect items for our “art jar” as I see things that would interest them. I try to have plenty of markers, paper, colored pencils, and crayons at their disposal at all times. I was excited when I thought of the paper bag foundation piece of the project. Too often regular paper is too small and also too thin to support all paint, glue and goodies they like to use to embellish their artwork.
Taylor got going immediately filling in the body after putting the face details on his snowman.
Ella is obviously contemplating some serious design decisions making sure she takes a different direction than Taylor’s composition.
After the glue was dry, the pictures hung on doorknobs around the house, moving around often during the day. Because of the handles on the bag, they could easily hang them in many places. When it was time to return home, the pictures went with and found a great place to hang in the front hall of their house.