Sometimes blogs give the impression that you've done a lot in one day, when in fact, you spent an entire week on a project. It's so easy to consolidate all your work into one neat, little post and to leave out all the boring, tiresome details.
This project is kind of like that! I shared my bottle cap animals yesterday--but those weren't the ones Juliet made. They were the ones I laid out (they were not glued down at all) during the creative process. I started stacking the caps and then cutting out pieces and finding objects to use for the faces.
That took one afternoon--on and off--working as I found time.
Juliet discovered my creations and was very interested--"What are these for, mommy?" she asked.
"They're for you to make!" I told her.
The next day, I let her pick out one to make. She chose the kitty cat. I disassembled the animal and told her to build a cat.
As she picked up a piece, I would prompt her by saying something like, "That's the tail--where do you want to put it?" And then she would glue it down where she thought it went best.
Her process involved LARGE quantities of glue and artistic license. At some point between her making the cat and us hanging it on the fridge, we lost the nose and whiskers (they were there originally!)
The last thing we did was write Penny's name at the top of the page. I tried making dots for her to connect, but that didn't work that well. We ran out of space.
After drying, Juliet proudly hung the cat on the fridge with the letter C (her idea, not mine.)
We did one bottle cap animal a day for the rest of the week. Sometimes I suggested she make one and other times she came to me and asked if she could make one. I kept the pieces in ziploc bags and just handed her whichever one she requested.
By the end of the week, we had a nice little gallery of bottle cap animals that Juliet had either named after animals we know or ones she knows through books. She likes to stand in front of them and "pet" them.
So, what may seem like a one day event was actually a week-long affair! It was nice to have all the prep work done in advance and just grab a bag each day when she wanted to do a craft. Now that we are out, I'll have to figure out something else for us to do!