One of the time slots on our daily schedule is craft and cooking time for my two and a half year old daughter and myself. She really loves to help in the kitchen and to do craft activities, and I think of both of these are excellent as both learning activities and as special time that we can share together.
Recently, following the birth of our second daughter, I received a scrapbook kit from one of my closest friends. It was to track the life of our newborn daughter, but I have a variety of scrapbooks that I am still working on. So instead of using it for that purpose, I decided to give it to my older daughter and let her fill it with pictures that she found special. I thought I would share this idea with you in case you are looking for a great way to spend time bonding and doing a fun activity with your child.
First, we looked through the numerous digital pictures we have saved on the computer. My daughter loves looking at pictures, and this time around I let her pick out the ones that she wanted to have printed. Then we took the pictures to Walgreens and had them printed.
Once home, we opened up her new scrapbook and went through the variety of paper and buttons and stickers that I have. She chose the items she wanted to use to decorate her picture and page, and then we used decorative scissors to cut out paper. Together we glued the picture on a background sheet of paper and then decorated the page with the stickers and buttons. She chose pictures that included her new sister, her cousin, and the rest of the family, along with a few of her doing things that she loves: bike riding, scooter riding, and playing outside with friends.
The great thing is that we now have a wonderful craft project to work on a few times a week, and while we work on it we can talk about the pictures, where we were when they were taken, and why they are special in our life.