The rain was hitting hard against the house. We could hear the wind slightly rattling the windows. It didn't seem like the storm was going to slow down anytime soon.
"He’s making that annoying sound again!"
"She’s looking at me funny!"
It was barely 10am, and I was just starting to sip my second cup of coffee. This rainy weekend day was not starting out well. At times like this, sometimes it helps to transition them to a different activity, so I decided to try an invitation to create.
I love invitations to create because there’s no specific project that they “have” to make. They can take the materials in front of them and create anything they want. Sometimes, they even end up getting other items that we have around to add to their creations. I want them to have a chance to play in an unstructured way so that they can practice being creative.I love it because I never know what they will do.
My daughter really wants to decorate the house for Halloween, so I decided to set up a Halloween invitation to create. It only took me about 5-10 minutes to gather everything. I just used supplies from all over my house and set them out on the table to see what they would create. In addition to what I always leave out for crafting, here’s what I happened to have on hand:
- Crepe Paper - White and Orange/Purple
- Cotton Balls
- Googly Eyes
- Mod Podge
- Small People Shapes
- Toilet Paper Rolls
- Paper Plates
Over the past few years, we’ve made ghosts and mummies, because they are fun and easy for little hands to put together. We sat down all together on the floor and just started drawing, gluing and cutting. My daughter immediately made a mummy with the crepe paper and a toilet paper roll, then she made a very happy ghost. She also began work on a skeleton and painting small people shapes.
My son really was into the small people shapes. He drew one, then another and another and another. He connected them and he noticed when he did that, their hands made a heart. He wanted to keep going, but he also wanted some help in making people. So I stopped work on my own mummy and helped him make some people for his “people circle”. I drew a zombie, a frankenstein and a polka dotted person, because I wanted to play and create too!
We created together and checked out each other’s work and just enjoyed being with one another. It kept us busy and less frustrated with each other for a good part of a morning. Plus now we have a cool Halloween wall :-)
I’d love to hear what projects or activities help you and your family when everyone is a little cranky. Please comment below!!