It was my sister’s birthday and I wanted to do something different this year since it was my son’s first birthday with masi. ‘Different’ obviously ruled out the usual wrap-a-gift-and-make-him-give-it-to-masi routine. That’s when I came up with the next simple craft for my fifteen month old. Read on and try it.
- Give your baby a couple of crayons/pastels, a blank white sheet and let him doodle away to glory. When he/she is done keep
- Take a coloured card paper or a patterned scrapbooking paper [paper1]. Fold it into half so it opens up like a card.
- Take another contrasting coloured paper [paper2] – square or rectangle depending on the shape of your card. Cut it about 4 inches smaller than the card.
- Now take your doodle art and cut it about 1 inch smaller than paper2.
- Paste the doodle art in the centre of paper2 and paste paper2 in the centre of paper1.
Write a squiggly doodly message inside and your masterpiece is ready!
Your choice of colors and pattern for the base paper [paper1] will define the ‘age’ of your card. For instance the base paper in Pic1 is hip with bold designs and funky colors – definitely for someone young. Pic2 is subtle and simple, for someone older. It’s best to have a person in mind before you start pasting the pieces together.
I have discovered that the key to doing crafts with kids is to keep it simple and not worry too much about the outcome. Whatever your little one makes will be a keeper. Choose your time for the project well. Baby must be well fed, well rested and happy.
All the required materials are available at any stationery/arts supply store. Also @ Staples, The Great India Place, Noida