I am beginning to think more and more that my four year old and my husband are the real writers of this blog, especially my little girl. She has been coming up with so many amazing ideas on her own lately, that I cannot help but beam with pride. Both of the crafts here today are inspired by my crafty clan.
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My husband had a great idea to build log cabins out of sticks. I thought this would be a fun project for me and my daughter. We grabbed a box and set out to gather supplies, which as you know is always half of the fun. We gathered sticks and my daughter also grabbed a few acorns and rocks that she found.
I used a pair of shears to snip the sticks into equal lengths.
I rolled out a ball of air dry clay and cut a simple house shape out of the clay. I pressed the sticks into the clay to form a log cabin and cut a few small pieces of clay to form a door and window. I used a few rocks to form a chimney to finish it off. I thought it came out pretty cute and was simple enough for my little girl to make. I tried to show my daughter what I was making, but she was already far too busy making a project of her own.
I looked over at her and she was hard at work. She was building with sticks, acorns and clay. She pressed an acorn into a clump of air dry clay and pushed sticks into the clay to form arms and legs. She jumped up to grab a Sharpie and I saw that she made a little person. I thought that this was just adorable.
I loved it so much that I wanted to make one of my own. I also molded a clump of clay around an acorn. I stuck a stick up the center of the clay and added two smaller sticks for the arms.
My daughter wanted to make another one as well, but wanted more supplies. “Mama, can we go outside and get some flowers?,” she asked me. Of course! So, we went back outside & gathered some small flowers and leaves.
We used our extra supplies and turned our creations into fairies. We both pressed leaves into the backs to form wings. My daughter added some flowers and rocks to add a little extra magic to her fairy. As always, she was fascinating to watch.
I decided to make my fairy a mama and made her a little swaddled baby fairy. I pushed the baby into the mama fairy’s arms and then pressed the mother and baby into a clump of clay to stand them up. I used a Sharpie to draw in their sweet little faces.
These were so much fun to make. The combination of clay and nature is always a big hit. If you like these, you might also enjoy…
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