Ava is our creative little person. She comes home, and wants to pick right up with drawing, writing, creating... she is such an eager little learner, and there's another little lady who follows suit. We have had fun enjoying traditional paper crafts these last couple of weeks. Paper dolls, paper chains and little paper books have been the activity of choice. I am finding them everywhere!
We rediscovered paper-chain dolls after reading "Milly-Molly-Mandy" last year... Ava loves them! A simple chain of paper-dolls can be turned into ballerinas, princesses, cowboys or little families. We have had great fun making all sorts of different designs, and they make the cutest little decorations afterwards! So simple, and cheap, but keep little girls happy for hours!
The other thing the children have been loving this week are little mini books. I folded up some paper into mini books during the children's quiet time on Tuesday and stuck them in a little basket on the side and they have been creating little books ever since! Stories, ABC books, and Ava has even turned one into her spellings book (which has made her super eager to practice them every day!) Heidi has been making a little bible and drawing "Joseph" and "Jesus" and "Angels" and writing the letter "H" all over it!
Ava made this gorgeous little "ABC" book for Jonas... With a letter and a picture on every page... It's beautifully done, she really is turning into quite the little artist. I wanted so much to take some photos, but she has taken that little book into school with her to show her class and it has not come home yet. It's definitely a keeper.
Yesterday she made another little book for her friend who is unwell. She wrote a lovely message in the front and then illustrated the rest of the book with little drawings and decorated it with some pretty stickers. It's nice to see her want to use her artistic skills for others, and it's a great way for her to be practicing her writing with absolutely no coercion on my part at all! I've no doubt more little blank paper books will be appearing on the side at regular intervals!
And that's how we've been whiling away our quieter afternoons...
... Now to stock up on paper!