Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I love the Artful Parent and was so inspired by her that I recently started an art group. I am not an artist and our projects will be pretty simple, but the point of the group is to get some moms and kids together to have fun and leave with a craft or piece of art. The children range in age from three to five, but older siblings will probably join in when school is finished.
There were four moms and eight children present for our first art group meeting. The kids played for a while and enjoyed these amazing pumpkin chocolate chip muffins that my friend, Julie, made. Then, I was thrilled when one of the children asked if we could do the craft. I wasn't going to push the craft if the kids would rather play but they were all so excited to get crafty.
Our first craft was for Father's Day. We did a scissor skills project to work on those fine motor skills while creating something for Dad. The final product was a tie and I got the template here. You could easily draw it yourself though.
I printed up the templates on card stock and cut construction paper into strips ahead of time. The children cut the strips into smaller pieces and then glued the pieces onto the tie. Then, the children cut the tie out after they were finished gluing. I didn't photograph any of the other children because I would never post pictures of children without the consent of their parents and I would hate for parents to feel obligated to say yes. I think it's easier to just post the pictures of my own children.
Art group was a success and I think all of the Dads are going to be thrilled!