I have to confess that as a blogger who wants to succeed it took a long time for me to let go and let my littles choose their own direction while creating their projects. I kept finding myself trying to "help" them or "fix" things for them. Ultimately, it seemed that none of us were having any fun. I have learned to let go and let them create their own inspired projects. We have been having far more fun ever since.
I showed them images of Thai masks and handed them construction paper, scissors, glue and markers; the rest was up to them. They had a great time creating these masks and they are super proud of their finished products, as am I.
The first step was to decide what shape to use. I created a template for mine and Eliana decided to use my template. Aiden chose his own shape.
|I couldn't get her to stop moving, so the blur will have to add to the thrill of creating the masks :)|
|The starting point, card stock.|
|Aiden cutting details to add to his mask.|
|While she was working on this she said, "Mama, I am creating what my imagination is seeing!" Perfect.|
|Aiden's completed mask.|
|My completed mask, I hope symmetry isn't too important.|
|The completed Kohn Demon trio.|
This project was a fun one for the kids, I left the computer open with images of different Kohn masks on the screen so that we could refer to them. Clearly each of us had our own idea of how we wanted to create our masks using some of the details that we saw as inspiration.
If you want to see more, I found this book while searching for masks. I have not actually looked at the book, but it looks fantastic and I wish I had it!
How do you let your littles be creative? Do you give them complete freedom or do you steer them in a direction? Have you found that their creations often come out far different than your original idea? If you are a blogger, do you feel more pressure to turn out perfection?