mother's day craft for preschoolers: flower collage

May 5, 2010

From My Favorite Book

Here's another vintage illustration to celebrate Mother's Day! This one really makes me laugh. Mom wearing an apron and cheerfully polishing a painting while dad is busy repairing the chair and the babies are being charming and delightful. That's what evenings look like in my house! (I hope you can detect the sarcasm in my voice!)

My house looks more like this: me exhausted on the couch, Juliet pulling out every single one of her toys and then NOT playing with any of them, but instead running around screaming at the top of her lungs. And what about Ben? Is he busily working on some furniture repairs? No. He's on the couch next to me on his iphone doing whatever it is one does on an iphone. They should draw a picture of that and put it in a book! (Our family would be happy to model for it, if anyone is interested.)

So, on to today's Mother's Day craft. I know I said I think it's dad's job to come up with Mother's Day crafts, but let's face it. Dad's too busy on the iphone to get any crafting done. And now that I am moving out of the morning sickness phase of this pregnancy, I am feeling a renewed inspiration for craft time. 

Juliet is only three. Her skills are limited, so I wanted to come up with something that she could have complete artistic control over. Something I didn't have to step in and intervene in. This is her present to me and I wanted it to be all about how she wanted it to be. 

My first thought was to have her make a collage on a piece of wood. But I didn't have any wood lying around the house. So, I improvised with this Christmas tin. I covered it with faux wood grain contact paper and...

Voila! We had a piece of wood. I set out some buttons, jewels, and a few flowers cut out from a magazine. I presented the Mod Podge to her and told her it was just like glue and you could paint it over anything. 

She took this very literally and really painted the mod podge over EVERYTHING: all the buttons got a good coat, the roses, the jewels, the parts of the tin that had nothing on them, the table cloth, her hands...

She was having so much fun that she yelled to me, "Hey, Mom! I'm an artist!" That was the best part for me. 

At one point, she stopped for like 10 minutes and sat engrossed in picking the dried glue off her hands. I had to keep asking, "Um, are you finished?" But she wasn't. Just distracted by the dried glue. Finally she declared the creation to be complete and we set it aside to dry. I wish I had taken a picture of it--it was completely white and dripping with glue. 

But of course it dried clear and I think it looks beautiful hanging on my wall! I call it, The "Hey Mom, I'm an artist!" collage. 

What crafts have you and your kids been up to lately? 

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Ana said...

I love this craft Vanessa!

Tessa said...

Your comment about your hubby on his iphone cracked me up!! That's what my hubs does, too. No clue what he's even doing on that thing! HA
Great craft idea :)

Chels said...

Man that tablecloth sure gets some good use! ☺
Love your creative craftiness and that's lovely wall art! The true story was nice too!

Raising a Happy Child said...

Your evenings in the house sound positively lovely :) I love this craft - it turned out really pretty, and it's great that Juliet really tapped into her creativity this time.

Leah said...

Abby & I have been up to a lot of crafts lately.. but they're not nearly as pretty as yours. :)

Iphone. I hate the iphone.

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

Boo to the iphone. :)

Leigh said...

Vanessa - I LOVE this! And I love that some one else out there has to plan their own Mother's Day gift from their children... I don't love that you have to, but I'm so thankful I'm not alone! I think I'm going to make some kind of handprint thing from the boys for me this year...

welcome to our wonderland said...

that is adorable and we are so not that family in the book.

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