I’m going to just put this out there: I did not inherit the craft gene.
(Can we still be friends though?)
In fact, my crafting crowning glory was the magazine collage I made for my locker in 9th grade. I don’t mean to brag, but it featured some very profound decoupaged Dylan lyrics that deeply resonated with me even though I had never experienced a vagabond 1960s lifestyle as I was a 14 year old girl in Huntington, West Virginia. But I digress.
For most of my life I’ve been able to avoid the whole craft thing because I was too busy 1. thinking deep thoughts (see above) and 2. watching Friends reruns. But since I’ve had kids I’ve learned that crafting isn’t just a great way to kill a little time on a rainy day, but it’s also a wonderful way to support my toddler’s development in many areas.
From fine motor skills to color recognition and beyond, simple craft projects can be a fantastic way to spend time with your little ones.
I am particularly partial to projects that don’t require a trip to the store. Some of my favorite crafting items are egg cartons, shoe boxes, and things found in the yard (Except for dog poo. Do not use dog poo).
Today I thought I’d tell you about some fun things you can do with another item that’s readily found in your home: toilet paper rolls. Here are some of my favorites.
Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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