There's a wedding in our family coming up at the end of the month, plus the holiday season is fast approaching, so I wanted to try out some different techniques to see if they'd be worth repeating when we make 'real' cards to give to people. Something I noticed now that the girls are starting to draw with more realism is that they are aware when they make a mistake like putting eyes on a person in a different place than they intended. They often ask to erase the mistake (impossible with markers or paints which are our most common mediums) or get a new piece of paper. I tried to mitigate some of this frustration by letting them make creations on a separate paper and then cut and glue them on their card, that way they could have a couple tries if something doesn't come out the way they wanted (and the extra fine-motor-skills work is a bonus!).
I took out our Melissa and Doug Alphabet Stamps and demonstrated stamping the words "love" and "joy". Both girls understood that they had to stamp the letters in a specific order, and they worked on the orientation, even though the stamps are pretty small and sometimes it's hard to get everything lined up properly (that's why it was smart to have them practice on a separate piece of paper rather than the actual cards). Then the girls used their scissors to cut out the words and hearts:
After L made her card, both girls spent a lot of time drawing and making up stories (since we started writing our own stories they constantly ask to make books).
E started out by drawing two spiders, and a moth (on a separate paper, not pictured) and made up a great story about how the moth was caught in a spider's web, but he was friendly and let him go:
Then L wanted to make her own spider (and even counted out 8 legs, although she somehow drew an extra one). She also made a spider's web (with only a little bit of verbal instruction from Mom):
While I'm posting kid-art, yesterday we read a book about going to the art museum and discussed the difference between portraits, still life, and landscapes. Then E decided to paint a portrait:
And L decided to paint a landscape:
I'm learning that having 3-year-olds can be pretty trying at times, but also immensely rewarding (I'm sure I'll be saying that about every age)...