My daughter LOVES arts and crafts. My daughter, like most kids her age, also has an itty-bitty attention span. When the boys go down for their morning nap (which I don't think is going to last much longer....sigh) my daughter knows that it's arts and crafts time -- a.k.a. rifle through the guest room closet to see what we can throw together to make some sort of activity happen. However, because her attention span is so small, she ends up running through the gamut of crafts in about 20 min and spends the next 30 min trying to convince me to find more...as if i am purposely holding out on a treasure trove of crafts just to hear her beg and plead for them....
Well, apparently she knew more than I did. Low and behold, after the usual begging and pleading, she 'gave-up' and went back into the closet to retrieve the usual, apparently boring crafts (or so I thought...) only to come running out a few minutes later waving a little box in the air: 'Mom!! Look what I found! STAMPS!!!!' Hey, I was pretty excited by the surprise too! Stamps! Awesome! I had completely forgotten that I had bought a set of Christmas stamps and ink pads during last year's after Christmas sales. I guess put them in a place that I would most assuredly forget about them (although at the time I am SURE it was the best place for them!).
So, my daughter dove right in and started stamping page after page after page -- she actually stamped for a good 20-30 min and once I saw how much fun she was having I had to give it a whirl myself!! I was really impressed with the way the stamps looked on her pages and thought 'Oh, these are definitely going in the memory box.' (more on the memory box another time....) But then I thought, you know, it kind of looks like wrapping paper -- (lightbulb!) Yes!! I'm going to use these for holiday wrapping paper!
Here is what my daughter stamped:
And here is what it looks like all wrapped-up:
The boys were absolutely convinced that this present was for them...
Granted, stamping on computer paper has its limitations for wrapping paper: it's pretty stiff and you can only wrap small presents with it. But if you had your kids go stamp crazy on a roll of butcher paper...the possibilities become endless! Hey, I think I am really on to something here....craft time and Christmas wrapping paper shopping done at the same time!? I think I may even have her do some birthday, Easter, Valentines Day, etc .... and you know your kid's teachers and grandparents will go ga-ga over this! Who says toddlers aren't helpful!? Thanks Bean! Once again you've made Mama grin from ear to ear! :)