A week or two ago we marked Damian’s birthday. Being a fan of handmade cards I asked Daniel what he would like to put on Daddy’s card. I had strategically (ie under his nose) placed some stickers from Baker Ross. Daniel adores sticking so I figured he would jump at this and we would, quite quickly, had a lovely handmade card with minimal input from me.
Instead, Daniel declared that he would like to put ‘daddy monkey’ on the card. Daddy monkey is one of his favourite soft toys. I decided we would do a hand print monkey. It was a partial success (and despite my mum and brother thinking it is a giraffe(!?!) it most definitely is a Monkey. And Daddy Monkey at that.
I then suggested that Emma might want to use the stickers. No, Daniel declared she wanted Lion on her card. Of course Lion is her favourite soft toy. Happily
my Emma’s handprint Lion does resemble a Lion.
We also had some cards from Baker Ross that I thought we could paint. Mistake. A toddler with card and paint = a card that is simply not going to dry in time to give to Daddy for his birthday (I’m hopeful it will be dry for Father’s day!).
Finally, to complete the gifts we painted a wooden car. Now, in my mind we were going to fill this with pens and some post it notes and Daddy could have it on his desk at work. I mean who doesn’t want a tastefully painted car on their desk at work?
I was trying to be discrete and work out Damian’s favourite type of pen to use (yes I know how incredibly dull that makes us sound but I thought I’d buy him a good pen to put in the pen tidy and, actually, we probably are quite dull!) Damian then dropped the bombshell that he only had his laptop and headset on his desk at work. I find this incredibly difficult to believe given the sheer amount of
crap stuff he gathers in our home. So, slight change of plan and we filled it with Haribo instead. Much to Daniel’s delight.
The benefit of having Damian’s birthday a month before Father’s Day means that we have plenty of time to ‘practice’ our arty creations. Damian has a few gems to look forward to for Father’s Day, including a bookmark and a photo frame – we can’t wait to get started!
What gems have your kids made up? If you’re struggling for inspiration I can recommend the kits mentioned here. They are such good quality kits and well priced too. Perfect.