Tuesday, May 26, 2009

He's not Crafty!

We are not a crafty family. Well, Little Elvis is not a crafty boy. For the most part, we don't do crafts.

He has crayons and construction paper, but prefers to scatter the crayons around the house instead of using them to draw. He will doodle some with his Magna-Doodle, but that's only because he wants to have something to erase.

My mom bought him some modeling clay a while back and after he tore the green clay into several little pieces and tried to rub them into the carpet, I took it away. Our carpet is beige and neon green shows really well.

I cut out some construction paper loops one day and taped them into a long strand of loops. He delighted in tearing them apart.

And our attempts to make crafts for Mother's Day and Father's Day ended up with one parent doing all the "crafting" while the other held a screaming child.

This is all to detail just how much my child dislikes crafts.

But last week, I wanted to do something creative. I have no idea why, but I did. So I pulled out the construction paper, markers, pipe cleaners and scissors and began making my son some traffic signs.

While Little Elvis loves cars, he prefers signs and traffic cones to the actual cars and trucks. He likes all signs, especially ones that are low enough for him to reach.

At first, he was not happy with me for not paying enough attention to him. But then I handed him his very own Stop sign.
In the end, he ended up with a Stop sign, Yield sign, Railroad Crossing sign and a traffic cone.
They lasted until Daddy got home -- about 1 1/2 hours total.
I'm planning on checking out the contact paper at Wal-Mart this weekend and trying to make more durable and realistic looking signs. Maybe I'll put cereal box cardboard backing on the signs as well to make them sturdy. I'm so thrilled to have found a semi-craft that Little Elvis enjoyed.

3 Comments:

Blogger Laura said...

that is so cute!

I bought a cheap laminator at WallMart and it is awsome.

Good job craft-mom!

4:42 PM  
Blogger mpotter said...

how creative and clever!!
soon enough, he may join in on your fun.

oh, and so i should keep my very old laminator then?? i wonder if i'll have anything to laminate myself.

i'm the least crafty person ever.
not a good mix for a first grade teacher. oops.

1:04 PM  
OpenID zerbert said...

that looks fun! Contact paper sounds like a good idea, hopefully that will work. Svara usually ends up ripping anything made of paper as well

9:58 PM  

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