Our handwork at the preschool this week was to make treasure boxes for moms for Mother's Day. We used 32 count match boxes, acrylic paint, origami paper, shells, beads and felt scraps to decorate the boxes. We glued ribbon or yarn to the sides of the outer box so moms are able to wear their treasure boxes as necklaces.
I try very hard to let each child explore the craft in their own way. While I create a limit with the choice of materials, they are free to work with the supplies as they wish. Some are influenced by the sample I present to them, but others freely create, often with a specific idea in their mind. And I am very happy to try and meet their ideas by cutting shapes for them from the felt...like bunnies, flowers or trees.
I know I keep repeating myself but I always find such joy in the unexpected creations. From the elaborate to the minimalist. Each one is so special because it was made especially for their mom.
For the inside of the box the children were given a small square of water color paper to "write" a note, (some can write their name), draw a picture, make a heart thumbprint, or all of the above. They also chose treasures to include that meant something to them.