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Work in Progress.hallo, This is Us, Just Doing What We Lo...

By Nonibaumann

work in progress.

work in progress.hallo, this is us, just doing what we lo...
hallo, this is us, just doing what we love most...working on a little project...and that`s one of the reasons I created the blog just a few months ago...I wanted it to be a part on our creative journey, wherever it will lead us.
Emmi was around one year and she hardly even couldn`t walk, when she already discovered her affinity for crayons. It took me a while to realize, but after several drawings and SIGNS on walls, floors and furniture ( thought maybe to make photo series out of her works...) I finally got the point and handed her some paper.
Since then doing creative stuff is always a big part of our weekly activities and we just love it. Sometimes it`s messy, sometimes it goes wrong, sometimes it doesn`t make a lot of sense, but it´s quality time, and thats enough sense for now...
and yes of course... we are making some progress...  
For example our last project... a penguin collage, we were working on bit by bit now since 3 weeks :
work in progress.hallo, this is us, just doing what we lo...(I prepared these paper shapes, we puzzled them and glued them together, then we made snow pictures with white paint, and later a collage out of the different parts )
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--->some general random facts that work for us when we craft  ( Emmi is now 19 months)
- I prepare everything necessary before we start (craft and art material, hide the carpets:)...)
- I don`t constitute it longer than 10 minutes, if she likes to go on, we go further, but it´s never a must, it  should always be fun
- for finding ideas I use some thoughts of surrealist techniques 
  (lavage, decalcolmanie, frottage, collage deliver as many ideas, ok. fumage may not be the best technique for toddlers, but there are still a lot of other possibilities), like for example in our rain pictures
- you can also find a bunch of ideas on pinterest ( I always brows and collect some ideas on my boards, maybe change them a bit or get another idea from that)
if I have a useful idea I make a small project out of it, that developes within few little steps, so you always have something in progress... (for example our  cone project )
- things must not be pretty, I give Emmi a goal and help her to reach it, but everything is up to her ; there should always be room for changing plans, trying stuff out and also messing things up, because that´s also part of learning

Ok, this was a whole lot and I´m not done yet..so maybe more later:)
Did you make similar experiences or do you have any advices or tips for a young mama? Would be glad!
Have a happy weekend friends,
xxxnoni
(linking up with Casey) work in progress.hallo, this is us, just doing what we lo...

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