What feels like forever ago, my friends at Elmer’s sent me a tool box full of Elmer’s products and basic crafting supplies for my little ones to free-range with (we’re huge fans of free-range art.) Instead of telling her what to do with the contents, I simply turned my 7 year old loose. What did she do? She turned a brown paper bag and some strips of construction paper into a Trick-Or-Treat Bag.
Craft supplies you can never go wrong with? Paper and glue. I’ve been making stuff out of paper and glue since before I even remember. I know there’s a box somewhere of who knows what that I made back in elementary school… likely a whole lot of glue and paper projects. I have a box of the same for each of the kids. We run through both paper and glue here like there’s a never ending supply.
The products Elmer’s sent us were from their line for younger children. Both Cullen and Addison we able to open the glues easier than with the traditional packaging we’re all used to seeing. The bulkier shape and size makes easier work for little fingers. When I set the kids loose with a project like this, I want to know that they can do it on their own, with little to no help from me. That includes having to run to their aid to open things for them.
The only advice I gave Addy during this project was to lay her work out before she started gluing anything down. She picked her own design, she picked her own glue, she even asked if I had green paper to use for a stem.
It’s a good thing she rarely minds being the subject of my photographic endeavors. Pumpkin in place, glue drying… time for finishing touches! Those creatures kind of look like butterflies to me, but I am assured that they are bats. I offered black construction paper, but apparently she prefers mixed medium art.
In the end, a super cute project for a super cute girl. One that she is happy with and that I can be happy with knowing she flexed her creative muscles!
If your kids Trick-Or-Treat, what do they carry to collect their candy in?