I remember when I was little girl I would sit with my mom and make craft projects. The memories are so heartwarming. Now, I look at my little girl and I cant get enough connecting, sitting together quietly and talking about the life of a 5 year old. Her smile and joy while getting such special one on one time is priceless. No phone, just us, face to face. Doing crafts with your children is so rewarding. Taking the time to give them the attention they need can make such a difference. I try to set time aside at least once a week to do special projects with each of my daughters, one on one. Special time to catch up. Glue sticks, some feathers from outside and some paper are all we need. The joy we share from such a simple project is amazing. Unfortunately, between school and home most of these special crafts end up in the recycling bin. I started thinking, so what if you could share this joy with someone other than the trash man?
While having lunch with a friend one day, she gave me a box filled with crafting stuff and asked if I wanted to complete it with my daughter. It was called Crafting it Forward and it was from a company that teaches your kids the joy of giving by sending their crafts to a senior center, or children’s hospital. The box came packed with cool stuff to craft and a return mailing sticker. It was perfect. On Saturday afternoon, while Penna was napping I got to work with Mia. I explained to her what the company was, and what we were going to do with our project. She was so excited. We talked about how the butterfly she was making was going to make another kid, or grown up as happy as she was.
We sat and laughed while putting sequins on the felt with glitter glue. We cut out things together and made a small mess that she was happy to help me clean up. Knowing that we were doing something that was good for us, and for another person made us both so happy. She was able to do most of the crafts by herself which allowed for me to enjoy the time watching her smile and talking about her upcoming graduation.
With summer now approaching I started thinking about all the craft projects that were to come. The endless summer days and piles of construction paper. This little project inspired me. We have so many neighbors. Some elderly and alone. Why not bring a minute of joy to them and have each project this summer have a purpose; a home. We have decided to either send, or walk the projects we make over the next few months to friends or neighbors that we feel can use a happy rainbow and a smile. Friends and family get ready. Mia and Penna’s artwork will be lighting up the neighborhood!