I am finding out very quickly that my daughter has a very strong desire to create things that make people happy and I can only hope that I had a small part in that.
This week she had a Valentine's Day party at her preschool and she asked me to help her make things for her friends at school. I know that I wanted to give her friends something that would be used and would last a long time, as well as something that meant something for each child.
So, she went through all the designs of Crayon Holders that I make and thought about each of her friends and picked a design out for each one. "Well", she said, "I know that 'Z' loves cars...so let's do this one!"
My favorite thing was that she really thought about each person and what they would like. Now, who knows if she got it right...but I wanted to teach her that when it comes to gift giving...you should always think about what that person would appreciate.
Yes, she even helped me make some of them! I mean, I didn't expect to make all of them. She's only 4!
Maddie then went to work decorating the notes with stickers...because...well, she's in preschool and that's what they do at that age.
Of course, we couldn't leave her teacher out, so I created a new finger puppet set: Silly Cat for her to use in her teaching.
The very best part of all of this for me was being able to spend time with Maddie as we did some crafts, thought about our friends and of course...ate some Valentine's Day candy!