At the preschool last week in preparation for Thanksgiving, the children made their traditional gift for the holiday table. I never tire of watching the kids make these candle centerpieces. Their small hands so carefully rolling the beeswax into a candle and their sweet and individual way of selecting all the bits from nature that they want to glue on to the base. This is a favorite craft of mine and judging by all the photos popping up on facebook of all the children holding them, I can see that it is for the parents as well.
We also made corn husk dolls. This was really a one-on-one craft-I truly did not expect three, four and five-year-olds to be able to make their own doll. It is good handwork for me to do individually with them as I get a closer look at what each child is capable of doing...how their fine motor skills are coming along-like knot tying and gently tearing pieces of corn husk apart. And with their involvement and participation, they truly make this doll their own. It is always a joy when their little faces light up at their creations.