|One of our first (and favorite) crafts: Fruit of the Spirit apple garland.|
|I learned to make these cute bracelets at MOPS.|
Then I had a heart-to-heart with my Mom, who did a fantastic job of passing on the faith to my brother and I. I told her I was struggling with how to teach my daughter about faith, given that she won't sit still! Mom reminded me that she used actions to teach us Bible verses. She encouraged me to use Burrito's interests and strengths to teach her. So, I went back into the most important jobs I have (mother and faith teacher) with renewed motivation.
I decided to start with the most important Bible verse of all: John 3:16. I made up actions and acted super enthusiastic as I said it. Before I knew it, she was joining me and now she has almost the whole thing memorized (including the reference!). Today, we started on Romans 10:13.
|Pumpkin seed pumpkin. We rinsed the pumpkin seeds and dyed them by shaking them with paint in 3 Ziploc bags.|
|Fall wreath (Sprout TV idea).|
And then I discovered Pinterest (follow my boards here). It took me a day or two to get up to speed with it and then I was off and flying. I was so excited to find a visual scrapbook where I could "pin" my ideas, recipes, etc. Also, I could see my friends' ideas. It was a great way to find good craft ideas.
For years I've described myself as the least crafty person ever. And it's true that I'm not artistic and I've struggled with working with a sewing machine in the past. I'm not the greatest spacial thinker. I'm a conceptual thinker. Big ideas are my purview. Big abstract ideas. But, for Burrito, I was going to try. And I was finding a surprising number of very approachable crafts. After all, if a toddler can do it, surely I can too!
|Watercolor painting that Burrito titled "Spider."|
I may not be the most crafty person ever. I don't quilt. I don't sew (other than a little slip stitch). I can't draw. But I can do simple crafts with my toddler. Sometimes I can even use them to teach her about God!