Because today just felt like that day...that day to break out the ambitious craft I have been waiting to do with the children.
I asked if they were interested..they responded with a resounding "Yeeeeesss!" and off we went
It started with my amazing graphic design skills. I just whipped up this beautiful cut and paste template of teeny tiny gingerbread style houses!
BBBbbaaaaaahhhhhhh! Totally kidding you there.
I have to say...there are extensive direction, but never being one to waste time reading direction, I took to the table and began.
I broke out several supplies (that may or may not be modified later):
- Markers of assorted sizes and shapes ( a TOTAL luxury in our house...they are not used on a regular basis...if you read on...you'll see why!)
- Glue Stick
- Children's Scissors
Then the fun began. All 4 children, nestled in their chairs awaiting the fun of family crafts. I handed out pages of the houses to color before anything had been cut.
- Increased the tab size to make folding and gluing easier.
- Chucked the glue! Drying time? Really? Substituted Double sided tape....worked like a charm!
- Each child cut around the outside of the fence and yard...I refined them!
(the darker line under "GLUE" is the original cut line)
As you can see, some may have been harmed in the making of this craft!
That's what you get for giving markers to a 1 1/2 year old! Lesson 2 learned!
And then I kept cutting,...and cutting,...and cutting. Again, please don't say I tried to fool you into a simple winter craft! It took some time, but then again I did 5! It also made a bit of a mess. Nothing I am not used to!
- Fold all necessary parts to ready for taping (remember...I gave up on the glue)
- Glue the walls together first. Leaving the floor alone for now.
- Next glue the floor down. Place tape along the 3 unattached ends and stick well. The roof is still open so you can get your fingers in there to make sure it's really sticking.
- Now place tape strips along the 2 "glue" tabs on each end of the house.
- Then place more tape along all other "glue" tabs on the roof.
- Place the roof one side at a time, assuring you can still get your finger in to stick one side.
- Then simply stick the house to your fenced in yard when you get that finished. It's pretty simple once you have assembled the house!
Our children chose a few add-on's to the traditional home. They made front gates that opened, front doors that opened and closed. They added animals that may have needed a home.
And by golly, they even added an in ground pool! Clever little stinkers aren't they?!
And when we were done, I kid you not, this is what I walked in on. All 4, seated on the sofa, waiting my arrival. Sure I was coming to turn on a movie, but this is still not typical!
Was it the craft? The Christmas music I was playing? The time together?
No matter what you chalk it up to...we had an amazing time making out teeny tiny paper village!