Hey, look at me! Posting again before an entire year went by. I'm on a roll.
A couple of weeks ago was my mother-in-law's birthday. I made some homemade vanilla extract for her as a gift (didn't try it first...so here's hoping it's any good!). I wanted the kids to make something for her since I know she would appreciate something handmade much more than something store bought. And the kids have about $2 between the two of them, so that wouldn't have bought anything fabulous anyway ;-) She loves to garden and has a lot of plants, planter boxes, etc, so I thought it might be fun to make some "pet rocks" to live in her garden! The kids would love doing it (I would try not to have an anxiety attack, like I often do when I get out a bunch of painting supplies around my 2-year-old), and my MIL would have some things in her garden that would remind her of the kids on a daily basis.
I browsed around online and saw a few different ideas to pull from, and we also made some up on our own. Here is our first venture into the world of pet rocks!
|Armed with some "base" colors for our critters|
|Jersey girl painting her rocks.|
|While painting there were plenty expressions of her current favorite phrase: "Mommy, I do it MYSELF" - complete with big eyes, serious tone, and the most exaggerated emphasis on "myself" that you can imagine. She must be two.|
|Tyson choosing to pain a mouse grey.|
|The finished product of Stage 1! We wrote next to them in the box what we thought they should become after observing their various shapes. *Most* of what we originally thought of came to fruition.|
|Ty blowing on the "googly eyes" so they would dry.|
|My goof ball thought he was pretty "big time" waking up early to help with a special project.|
|Tyson's favorite monsters! He LOVED the googly eye effect.|
|A couple of my personal favorites.|