Now that I am back at work full-time I don't have as much time to put together craft activities and play invitations for my girls as I did when I was on Parental Leave. I really miss getting out the paint and glue and letting them get creative. Despite the inevitable mess, I love witnessing them make new discoveries; mixing colours, figuring out how to draw ears or skirts, learning how to hold the scissors and paper just the right way so that they can cut a straight line and proudly hanging their finished masterpieces on the fridge using 75 magnets.
They are attending an amazing Naíonra (Preschool) for three hours each day, and come home with bulging folders of artwork every few weeks, but I still feel guilty for not providing as many opportunities for creativity at home as I used to when I was at home full-time and even before that when I worked a 4-day week.
Right now, I can't be at home with the paint ready everyday, but I still want to provide a way for my girls to be creative without me. I wanted to find a way for them to complete a craft or create something themselves with minimum mess for Daddy to clean up and with minimum help from anyone. They are not yet 4 years old, so that's a pretty tall order!
I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had had an idea about how to do this and now I have pulled the beginnings of it together. It is something that will need brainstorming (pinteresting!) sessions from time to time too, but I am going to start trying it out with the girls next week.
I have a little photo shoot planned for the weekend, when I'll be able to take pictures in daylight, in case you'd be interested in trying my idea too, so keep an eye out for a post early next week - when I will reveal all!