Before my workload changed at the end of last year, I was about to put my daughter in preschool full-time, 5 days a week. She already went M,W,F, and loved it, so it seemed like a good thing to do.
See, with me working at home, she spent far too much time in front of the tv or in play land by herself with spurts of me. I’d get her hooked up with an activity or have her at my feet but the quality wasn’t there, honestly. No matter how flexible working from home seems, I was on someone else’s time.
However, with my new-found freedom of running my own business and blog, on my own time, it gives me the opportunity to plan my week however I would like. So with the new year I declared that Tuesdays and Thursdays would be mommy and my little wahine time. Filled with crafts, outings and memory making.
So today after dropping off her big brother at school, we headed to get some art supplies to make some art! We spent all morning doing this, painting together.
I’m hoping to share our cool crafts and outings here on the blog…see two birds, one stone…and some really cool memories too! WIN! WIN! WIN!
Ohana Mama Gets Crafty: Tape Trees
We got this idea from a cool magazine I picked up over the weekend, “Create With Me, Artistic Adventures with Children.”
For this project, we grabbed some water color paper, water colors, masking tape and a table outside (because it’s nice to be outside and do art, right?!)
My daughter helped me make the tree out of tape and carefully rub it down on the edges – we used a spoon to make sure there were no gaps where the paint could slip under.
Then she started painting.
What I love is that she could be super free to paint however she liked. There were no lines to stay in, no people or things to make look realistic. She was able to go with it.
She did see shapes in her strokes and loved how she could change the color by adding a little more water or mixing colors together. It was so fun. She even let me do a stroke of the paintbrush or two, with her directing which color to use and where to put it.
We let her art dry in the Lahaina sun while she played me some music.
Once all dry, we carefully started to peel off the masking tape. Her eyes lit up as the white tree started to take shape.
Squeals and oohs and aahs were let out. She was amazed that she had a made a tree!
Here’s her brother’s after school creation too!
You can find the entire how-to at Valerie Deneen’s blog, frugalfamilyfunblog.com.