I have had basically empty shelves and tabletops in my living room since taking down Christmas decor. I have to confess, I enjoy it. I have been in no hurry to re-decorate the room. It may surprise you but, I LOVE clean, completely empty flat surfaces. But, I also enjoy decorating. So, I have decided that I will enjoy my clear flat surfaces in between some of the holidays.
Now that Valentine’s Day is coming up, I am thinking of what to use to decorate for this holiday.As I have been doing for the past few years, I only budget $5.00 for decorations for what I refer to as the Minor Decorating Holidays. Everything else is from using things around the house. Or making things from what I already have on hand.
I have also decided that I need to involve the Princess in decorating these small holidays. She loves decorations and loves to be part of creating things. I forget that simple basic arts & crafts skills are not things you are born knowing how to do. It is my responsibility to take advantage of any skill building projects to teach my 4 year old!
So, that is why we are starting our decorating old school ~ Paper Chains!
Of course, I did the bulk of them while the Princess was in bed because Mama has new and easier tools to make them.
- Learn how to use a ruler
- Learn to draw a straight line
- Learn how to measure spaces
- Learn how to use scissors and cut along a line
- Learn how to make a chain link
- Learn how to use a dab of glue
- Learn how to use a paperclip
Wow! Who knew there were so many learning opportunities in making something as simple as a paper chain! I am really trying to take advantage of these moments to teach the Princess any thing new. And if you are creating some fun decorating project, it makes it so much easier for kids to want to be part of it. It’s not about being perfect. It’s about learning and having fun!
The Princess is 4 years old and it seems that about 15 minutes is that age groups maximum attention span. So, keep their help and involvement to small increments. One small section of a chain, turned into an all day affair (broken up throughout the day). But, in her eyes, she made all of the chains. LOL
I am joining: