Every now and again, Little Mr P shows a decided interest in joining in on the card making fun. It seems to depend on which stamps I bring over with me. He saw this cute little reindeer stamp sitting on the table and announced that he would like to make a card too! Little Miss C wasn't too pleased as she didn't want him horning in on her hobby! She quickly told him that Grandma was already helping her and that he would have to wait his turn to borrow her tools.
Fair enough! He went off to play with his Lego and I though "out of sight, out of mind". But not Little Mr P! As soon as he noticed she was finished, he came over and reminded me it was his turn now.
He was very interested in the mechanics of stamping the stamp. He pressed so hard and so even...he got a nice image. He then asked which colours to use and we carefully chose 2 reindeer browns. He then looked all through my meager red collection for just the right shade to turn his reindeer into Rudolph!
I was delighted to see what a wonderful job he did staying mostly inside the lines. He is only 4 1/2 years old and so he was concentrating very hard on his task. Once the colouring was finished, he knew exactly what he wanted for trim as he had looked through the card bits and bobs bins while he was waiting. He wanted brown for the mat "cuz brown is for boys"! The brown string was chosen "cuz all the other string in that box is for girls"! I had to help him tie the bow but the science of wrapping the string around the card was greatly enjoyed! His sister loves to chalk or ink her edges. It is her second favourite part after the colouring...not Little Mr P! Oh no! No chalking for him AT ALL. "No chalk Grandma, cuz it feels funny on my fingers!
When we were done, I asked who he was going to give it to. Little Miss C always has a Grandparent or a Great Grandparent or her Mom or Dad as the recipient...he proudly announced that his card was for his best friend James! James is a little boy who is a lot like Little Mr P. James loves to build and play trains and understands the joy of building an elaborate track and then playing with it all day. James would never kick the tracks apart like some other playdates have done!!!
He then asked for an envelope and proudly wrote James on it. He had to have me spell out the letters for him but wrote them quite proudly!
I helped him stamp the inside...when I tried to get him to chose a sentiment for the front he looked quite perplexed and then said "No, Grandma, that would be silly...James can't read!
I'm not quite sure why the verse was allowed inside but ...there you go...that's life with kids!
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - use snippets; the string, brown mat and the copic paper for the reindeer are all from Grandma's snippet bin.
2. Simon Says Stamp - favourite tool. die or product; My favourtie product is my sisters copic pens cuz they are very special and I hardly ever get to use them cuz I am only 4 & 1/2 years old!