Yesterday I made a guest appearance at Violet's preschool. I had been thinking about and talking about doing something all year with the kids. I wanted to do something that involved fabric, but I was having a difficult time coming up with something that a wide age range would enjoy. I thought about just not doing anything because I was concerned about the logistics of having Henry with me, etc. but, there was no way to forget about it when Violet continued to remind me.
One day, while at Michael's, I saw some clothespins and remembered some of the Christmas ornaments that I have on my tree from a thousand years ago that were made when I was itty bitty, so I tossed the clothespins into the basket. I tried the "project" out with Violet first, just giving her a clothespin and free range in my scrap basket, she had a lot of fun and it seemed do-able with the class.
So, yesterday I packed up the clothespins, glue, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, markers, some pieces of yarn and my fabric scrap basket and headed to preschool. I was a bit nervous because I am by no means a teacher (although, I suppose all parents are in some way...) but, it was really a lot of fun. I gave the kids very loose instruction and helped them with cutting, fabric finding and gluing along with their teacher and then they were creating...
We were so impressed with how different and unique each of the clothespin people were. What a fun and easy project for little hands and big imaginations!