Crafts for kids are my favorite!
Letting them have free reign to tap into their own creativity is so fun to watch. For part of our Valentines decor this year, I decided to let my seven year old Isaac dig into my craft stash and have at it (well, with supervision of course).
The results? A whimsical heart shadow box made from a Melissa & Doug puzzle box I saved a long time ago. If you don’t have a puzzle box, shadow boxes are available in craft stores.
He used wood craft hearts, glitter, glue, paint, stickers, markers, and buttons to create twelve unique heart specimens to display.
When he finished, he wanted the hearts to pop from the box, and not to be glued flat.
So, I cut strips from poster board, hot glued them into circles, and then onto the backs of each heart.
We decided together that the back of the box needed to be painted, so I taped off the insides and he painted it white.
Once that was dry, I let him pick the order the wanted the hearts to be displayed, and I hot glued each one into the box.
This was a great afternoon spent with my son. Other than the hot glue, or if he asked for my help with something specific, I simply let him create.
Don’t be afraid of the mess, the time spent together, the memories made, and the pride that your little one will feel when they’re finished with their art makes any mess worth it.