Remember a few weeks back when I shared my attempt to let go and just allow my kids, mostly my baby, to develop at her own pace?
Wel, I might have harbored a secret hope that once I blogged about it, she would instantly start walking, just to show me.
That did not happen.
So I'm back sharing my take on crafting and kids.
First- They are KIDS. Let them just do it for Peet's sake! Oh so often I see moms trying to "fix" their kids craft projects, spruce up their art, just make tiny adjustments to make it look better. Let it be. Let them color outside the lines, choose their own paint colors, glue something to the table.
This is an area where I think I excel.
About a month ago we did paint your own pottery, and I shared a 3-piece bowl with my 3 year old, and let my daughter do a bowl of her own. Then she made a penguin, I made another bowl, and my son made a mug, which is not pictured because it has turned into his "morning milk" mug at the breakfast table.
Notice how her bowl and mine are almost the same? Totally not on purpose, and I think hers (with purple on the outside) might even be better:)
I let my son do the insides of the 3-piece bowl and I tried to Kate Spade it up with the polka dots on the outside.
I love these things. It captures my kids' skills at a moment in time (and my skills as well!), and it just wouldn't be the same if I doctored them all up to make them perfect.
What do you think? Should we "help" our kids create more aesthetically pleasing crafts?