Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Mommy and Me and Valentines Make Three

Today I wanted to post the projects I did for my first ever Mommy & Me class.  I featured the stamp set from the January Paper Pumpkin kit - Filled with Love.  I wanted to target kids between 3-8 but it's a little closer to 4-7. We did three projects and I had the kids rotate tables so that they could meet new friends and so could their moms.  It was a blast.  A little hectic but 9 kids between 4-7 will do that to you. 

The first project was directly from the Paper Pumpkin kit.  Moms had to help with the glue dots and bows but the kids were masterful in filling the bags and stamping.  Photopolymer stamps are PERFECT for little crafters because they can see where they are stamping. 

The second project was the artistic one.  That means messy in kidspeak.  I took a piece of Real Red and cut a heart using our Heart Framelits out of the center.  Then I had them paint all over it using white WASHABLE paint and their fingers.  While it dried, I took their picture and had them put a piece of Stacked with Love DSP to the back of a coaster using a glue stick.  I printed the picture and cut it down to 4 x 4.  They put that on the other side of the coaster in the center.  Once their paint dried, they stamped the "You have my heart" stamp at the bottom and layered on the coaster using dimensionals in each corner.  They punched holes using the crop-a-dile and threaded through the satin ribbon.  Some moms had to help with the ribbons, some didn't.

The third project was a simple Valentine's Day card using Notecards & Envelopes.  This project had them using the Texture Boutique, which was magical for them.  They used the Happy Hearts folder on a piece of Pink Pirouette that was cut to 4 x 3 1/2.  They layered it will a glue stick so no mess at this station.  They put the heart that was left over after I cut the second project on it and then stamped the saying on the strip of white and layered with dimensionals.  "Stickers" are also a big deal at this age. 

The cost for the camp was $5.  I heard that wasn't enough but it covered my supplies and it was worth it watching all those little crafters enjoy themselves the way I do when I'm crafting.  Paper Pumpkin kits are perfect for little crafters because they can't ruin the photopolymer stamps and the ink spots are easier for their little hands to work with than big pads.  I know often we keep our supplies out of their little hands but sometimes, give them a scrap and some ink and see the artistry unfold.  Their pride in their work will be worth it.

Have a craftastic day,

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