(or more aptly titled...What was I thinking?)
When I introduce a new handwork project to the children at the preschool, I ALWAYS try it out at home first...and usually use Peanut as my guinea pig to see how a four-year-old can handle it. But not this time. The other projects I had in mind were much more preschool age friendly, but required a lot of prep work on my end. I wasn't prepared on this particular Monday morning. But as I have a group of very project oriented preschoolers, they were anxious to start on someting. Well it just so happened that the night before school two week ago, I read a post about a beautiful felted star. Hmmm...we have pipe cleaners...we have a closet full of wool. Circle round, kids...we're going to wet felt some snowflakes. What ever make me think I could get 3, 4 and 5 year olds to make something that a fiber artist created?
Well, bless their little hearts, they really gave it a go. Not the way I imagined introducing wet-felting to them, but they worked that wool, rolling each stem with sudsy water. Some had more patience than others, and I was quite impressed. But in the end I had to take these home and all week I needle felted all the difficult to wet felt tips. They added glitter and we tied a silver string to each one and those sweet kids very proudly presented their parents with their gift.