Wednesday, May 9, 2018

You still have time...

I babysit Liam and Alex on Tuesdays. Since they will be at their other grandma's on Mother's Day, I helped Liam make a gift for his mommy. We took it to her work and surprised her. 
The "girls" loved it.

When I did these with my students I used larger paper, and they prattled on and on telling family secrets. With Liam, I used a piece of  the 8"x11" stationery which my friend Lynn gifted me.

My students' perceptions often made me and their moms laugh or cry. I gave verbal directions to
those who didn't draw yet. "Make mommy a round circle face. Give her eyes, nose, mouth, and does she have ears or a neck? Hair? You can make a dress by making a triangle. Want to try? Young children usually draw arms coming out of heads because that's their perception from their eye level. They look up from our legs and see arms and head. It's a developmental stage of art.

So I asked, "Can you put sleeves in the dress so Mommy's arms can come out?" Then I asked probing questions: "Who is this? Is she young or old, and what number is she? How does she look? What does she do? What kind of mom is she? Do you do anything special with her?" Sometimes I didn't have to lead them at all. The highly verbal children prattled on and on, and often I couldn't write fast enough. Oh the things I heard!

A few years ago, the mom of one of my students loved her portrait and said, "My mom has one of these that I made for her twenty years ago." We made the connection through that unique little gift, that I had also been her teacher. Not many teachers spent so much time on such projects, but I had the foresight to realize they would one day be TREASURES. Since my granddaughter posted these photos on Facebook, I have heard from several of my former students and parents who still display their Mommy (or daddy) portraits, even though their kids are grown. That makes me so happy.

This is the simplest kid craft, and they look so beautiful. Materials used: a paper towel tube, two paper plates (painted green, I used a green bingo dabber) because the plate thickness works better than green construction paper, and 4"x4" tissue paper squares.

Cut paper plates in half, then slice strips 1/2 inch apart about 3/4 way down from the ruffled plate edge. Wrap with the straight edge down, and hot glue around towel tube in four tiers. Fold the strips downward, scrunch and glue on the tissue paper.

I used to collect plastic liquid detergent lids that came in all colors to use as the base, then hot glued the flower "stem" in. But I happened to have an old vase. A spritz of perfume scented the "flowers" and amazed the students. Mommies loved these. They make great gifts for grandma's too. For younger children, use toilet tissue tube and one plate, not so much scrunching for those little hands.


Pat Wahler said...

Such a cute idea, Linda!

Val said...

I love Liam's portrait of him mommy. She is indeed beautiful, even for one so "old."

Kathy's Klothesline said...

You are such a wonderful Nana!!I hope Ashley realizes just how special you are!!

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Love this so much. My youngest daughter did something similar in kindergarten, and although she's 24 now it is something I had hanging in my office back in GA. It's packed now, since our move, so I don't remember her misspellings, but the content was: My mommy's favorite clothes are her jammies. She likes to vacuum all by herself." Haha! Right on both counts. :)

Susan Sundwall said...

Love this, Linda. I've kept some of the art each of my grandchildren have produced. I tell them about their "permanent file" and it makes them laugh and also curious. I'll give them their file when they have their own little ones.

Sandi said...

Because he was old and cute... ;-)

Connie said...

The portraits and descriptions from the children are fun. Such a cute idea! The colorful tissue paper flowers are so bright and cheery.