Please welcome Laura from Craftstorming.
First, I just want to say that I think that Laura's blog name is fantastic, and with all of the different things she does on it, it's really the perfect name! I first found Laura last Spring during KCWC when she made this adorable hoodie for her son Rowan. Later, we both had a chance to participate in Katy's Once Upon a Thread series and again Laura made something adorable and waterfowl inspired! Since then I have been amazed at the variety and quality of crafting she does from macaroons to party favors. Not to mention she just finished up her own blog series this month, Sew Yummy, where she combined two of her favorite hobbies, sewing and baking with some very fun results. Today, Laura shares a story from her older son and a very yummy craft to go with it.
Hello Buzzmills readers. I am so pleased to be joining you for Make It Up today. I have two young boys and, although we have always read lots of books together, making up stories is something we have only just started to do. Prior to that my eldest enjoyed telling jokes that didn't quite make sense. We've been working on today's story for a while and Casper is really starting to love it. To start with I would have to encourage him but now he asks if we can make up more stories, so it's definitely something I see us continuing. I decided it would be fun for us to make the characters of the story in marzipan. You could use playdough or modelling clay if you'd prefer something that's not edible. Rowan, my youngest, was napping while we made these, otherwise I think a lot more marzipan would have been consumed. So here is how the story goes...
Adding detail with an edible pen to a bunch of bananas
Adding Tom Monkey's eyes
Casper Elephant waits patiently for the paddling pool
The elephants get ready to board the plane. They like bananas too. On the right is a sand castle.
Casper making lots of bananas
As you can see Casper's story is a little bit random but all of it relates in some way to things that have happened to him recently, except the monkey and elephant bit of course. His story changes every time he tells it but always starts with the monkeys. He absolutely loved playing with the marzipan - it kept him entertained for over two hours and he can't wait to do it again. He didn't have any qualms about eating the monkeys and elephants afterwards though. I think mixing story telling with crafts is such a fantastic way to feed children's imaginations. What a wonderful idea for a series. Thank you for having me Jane.
What a great story Casper! I love how often times children tell such tall tails but draw on what and who they know at the same time. Also, I've got to say that having a mom who lets you mold and make and then eat is pretty awesome! Those little monkeys, elephants and bananas are so cute. You guys did such a great job, I especially like that Casper is learning some of his mama's skills here too, just like you, Laura, learned some skills from your mother. Thanks for stopping by and joining the storytelling fun!
*We've got one more story to share tomorrow! And then, don't forget the linky for your stories and crafts opens tomorrow and runs through the weekend! Link up and share what you've been telling and making and at the same time enter for a chance to win Show Me A Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children’s Storytelling. You can find out more details here. I can't wait to see what you've been up to and hope that you have been enjoying all of the amazing stories and crafts so far!