There are a lot of mommy bloggers out there who share with us wonderfully photogenic arts and crafts with their toddlers. Moms who set up each craft with the perfect background and catch the most beautiful natural lighting.
Oh, and let me not forget to add they will do this all while their children use their craft supplies in the manner for which they are intended.
I am not one of those mommy bloggers.
My “photography skills” include whipping the iPhone out of my back pocket and snapping a few shots to document what we do all day. I don’t set up the shots with a mind for design, nor do I have the skill to “find the best light.”
I live in Seattle. In a home built in the 1940’s. Although our home definitely has its charms, I would need a map, a flashlight and a professional tracker to help me find great natural lighting.
But we sure do have tons of fun, even if it doesn’t look like a professional photographer took the photos. Click on “Read More” to check out our latest project, complete with really bad photos but surprisingly stunning results (from the 2 year old).
If I had oodles of free time, I would likely take a photography class. I wouldn’t participate, mind you, I’d just be going to make the contacts. It’s the sales background. I know how to network, at least, even if I can’t take a photo that isn’t blurry.
It’s just not a big “thing” for me, but in this Pinterest-ready world, a quality photo is vital when doing anything online. We purchase using our senses, and what is visually appealing in the online world is what gets clicked on. Plain and simple.
So even though my pictures aren’t awesome and it was a struggle to find any good photos to document the process, I must say: what our 2 year old produced is amazing!
These are the 2nd set of poppies she created with a very simple craft set up.
- water balloons (filled with air, not H20)
- tempera paint in red, orange and black
- card stock (but copy paper would work)
- and a black marker.
We got the idea to paint with a balloon from Dhiyana here, but Elise wanted to make stems to look like flowers. I helped her by holding her hand straight while she drew the line. To make the flowers, you simply put red paint on a palette and then put orange in the center of it. Dip the balloons, varying the pressure for different sizes, and use a dollop of black paint for the center.
Once the poppies were painted (all three canvases worth), Elise wanted more crafting fun. She indicated that one was a happy balloon, and the other sad and tried to make a face on one. The paint just smeared when she put it on the balloons, and it made for a great discussion.
After asking for my help to draw the faces, I complied and asked her to paint some “highly technical, feats of engineering:” toilet paper balloon holders.
Yes. Sometimes when I have to cut up 1,000 vegetables for a stir-fry dinner, I give her tasks that might be considered silly. She seems to enjoy them, so I’m going to continue giving them until she is old enough not to try and play in the kitchen when I am wielding a butcher’s knife.
I’m not very good with pointy objects and that, coupled with the fact that I can be a complete klutz, makes it a very dangerous place for her to be. Who am I kidding: the kitchen is a dangerous place for me to be, as well.
One word of caution about this project: I am one of those paranoid people who say not to let a 2 year old out of your sight with a latex balloon. Even though Elise isn’t mouthing much anymore, I still consider it a big risk. We kept her in her booster seat and monitored her very closely during the project.
I am kind of paranoid about NEVER giving latex balloons to young children left unattended. The combination can be tragic if they mouth the balloon and it bursts. The balloon stands were a way of continuing the fun but making sure that the balloons never made it off the table into her hands.
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