Bouncing Butterflies

12 Oct

Today has been very quiet.

Due to the extremely long day yesterday, going to R’s school parents day and collecting him for the half term, then heading onwards to visit E at university, we didn’t get back home till after 1 am this morning. Unfortunately I find it almost impossible to switch off after being on the road all day so I took hours to fall asleep and consequently have been as much use as a chocolate fire-guard today.

M has been much happier – seeing her big sister in person (rather than on 2nd best Skype) has cheered her immensely, so even though she too is tired she has been no trouble at all; some of this might be to do with the huge amount of tv she was allowed to watch until the caffeine kicked in. I feel no guilt – just eternal gratitude to the makers of Saturday morning children’s’ television.

I had originally bought these as a way of filling up part of a rainy day but as I was in no condition for even a short trip to the park I cunningly suggested M got to work.

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I was doing some mending and keeping half an eye on her, but apart from pressing out the cardboard so that it didn’t tear the wings I really left her to get on with it. She decided to do the butterfly with the purple body first (probably as it is prominent in the photo) and she set to work with the pens provided. There are 3 regular pens and a glittery one, which doesn’t seem a lot but there is a large page of stickers, more than enough to decorate both butterflies and have some spare, so the 4 pens are actually more than adequate.

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M is only 7 and doesn’t have a fantastic attention span, so I was pleased to see that the colouring and sticking was something she stuck at until she had completed one to her satisfaction. Then it was a matter of moments to help her attach the 2 parts of the butterfly into the body part, and to thread the stretchy string through. And here is the finished article:

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As you can see, one happy little girl and one butterfly that resembles the one on the packet. After letting her bounce and flap it around the house for about an hour, we went upstairs and attached it securely with a couple of pins to the ceiling above M’s bed so she can enjoy it every morning when she awakes.

I wasn’t paid for this review, and I bought the butterflies packet myself. I just thought it would be nice to share what we’ve been up to, and what a fun and simple art activity this was to do.

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