Sometimes you just have to let things happen. In the morning we had been listening to some Justine Clarke songs. For the people who don’t know her, she is a Playschool presenter and Playschool is an educational children’s program. I now get the feeling I am letting my daughter watch too much tv as it seems a lot of inspiration comes from it lately. Anyways one of the songs was “creatures of the rain and sun” and Ellen wants to make a creature. I wonder if she knows what she is saying, but I let her have a go.
I give her old packaging boxes, paper, felt tip pens, glue, stickers etc. I tell her to draw some googly eyes and she traces around a cup. Then she wants to cut them out, which does not quite work. I let her do her thing though, because I hope I can do a few crafty things myself, as I have set myself the challenge to hold some christmas craft workshops for fellow Ellens (m/f) and their responsible parent (if you are interested let me know :-)). But as soon as I start for myself, Ellen wants to do what I do. At first I go with the flow, which would have been smart to keep up, but sleep deprivation causes me to get impatient. After the so many-est “I want” I snap and decide it is better to pack up. “What to show the people who follow my blog?” does run through my mind, but I am too tired to really give it a thought.
Until I see what is left on the table. Ellen calls it her sunglasses. She has glued some pieces together that could be a mask. If we make some wings, she has her creature after all. In the afternoon, when I have relaxed a little, I cut out some wings out of a cardboard box and let Ellen at it with paint and glitter. With a piece of cord I make a little harnas and the mask gets some elastic to hold it in place. Now if Halloween was a big holiday here in Australia, Ellen would have been a butterfly.