Every morning Mary Virginia takes a nap around 9 a.m. During that time I get overly-ambitious about my life and start a ton of tasks. Laundry in the washer! Muffins in the oven! Sensory bins with David! Maybe I’ll reply to some emails, plant some flowers and knit a hat! Might as well because the time feels so big and available I could just lay down and roll around in it.
Then she wakes up and all those things I started are scattered around my house half-done and stress me out for the rest of the day.
This is one of those projects. I started making these two weeks ago and finally finished them over the weekend.
All I did was trace David’s hands, then cut out the outline of his hands and overlap them — leaving out the thumb.
I traced the overlapped hands on white paper and before cutting them out he colored the paper. He also wanted to stick dinosaur stickers on the hands. The controlling side of me cringed. Really, David? Dinosaur stickers? Show me one spider in the wild that has the image of a dinosaur on it. You can’t, there are none. Stick to the program, David.
Then I realized that this little activity wasn’t just about letting David be creative, it was also about teaching me to chill out already.
So this is what we came up with.
Next I affixed some googly eyes to each spider. I wanted to involve David in as much of the process as possible, so I handed David a googly eye and this is what happened. He wore this eye all day and announced, “David have EYE!”
After adding eyes, I glued them to construction paper, and drew a line for a web. We used them to send Halloween greetings to family.
I love the way they turned out; I even think the dinosaurs are a great touch.
When I showed them to David, I said, “Look, David! Spiders!”
He responded, “No, that’s a HAND, Na-ee, that’s a HAND.”
Touche, David, touche.