Crafting with children needn't be scary. Nor should it require pigment of every hue, a multitude of brushes and an array of papers. Our babies' innate nature to create makes them little bower birds. Their keen artistic eyes are ever flitting from this to that, collecting random snips of paper, wool and ephemera. In the garden they observe, they kneel, they pluck. Mere trifles to our eyes and often deemed not grand enough for creating.
Yet we have all seen the ways they transform the humblest of items into tools for play and artwork so proudly displayed. A common paper bag with some swirls of jade crayon, willy-nilly snippets from an old catalogue and sticky tape transforms into a creature from the deep, an egg carton into a cruise ship and strips of tossed aside fabric into crowns, capes and cubbies.
Blooms that have long lost their vibrancy still hold beauty. Their petals still smooth; velvety soft and pliable. Deft fingers and an equally agile mind rip and sprinkle, crush and caress. Questions flow like rain.
Brown paper and glue the only tools. Art at its simplest and arguably....most beautiful.
We like to use a mix of PVA glue (white woodworking/craft glue) and Clag (children's school glue) . A good dollop of each in a little paint pot (little yoghurt tubs are perfect) seems to glue most anything. It also stores well in the fridge if covered perhaps needing just a whisker of water to loosen it.