Notebooks

We have multi-family Sunday dinners at my house bi-weekly.  With 11 grandchildren, things get crazy quickly.  So, I decided that to keep the little munchkins happy (and quiet) that some sort of  craft might help.  I had paper in abundance (pictures from magazines, paper, scissors, crayons, glue, etc.) and thought that some sort of paper activity would be good.  So, I got a small spiral-bound,  lined notebook and put their names on each one.

The notebooks - creativity at its best!

The notebooks - creativity at its best!

 

I began by trying to give them things to do, papers to fill out.

The first page of the notebook - an "about me" page.

The first page of the notebook - an "about me" page.

Then I tried to do things, like have them decorate a tree at Christmas time.

The Christmas tree page

The Christmas tree page

I began to notice that while they humored me and did the pages the way that I directed, they enjoyed themselves much more when I just let them take over themselves.  All I do now is provide supplies (including magazine cut-outs) and they go crazy, in a wonderfully quiet way!
Look at the lovely artwork...

Look at the lovely artwork...

The younger kids practice cutting, gluing, and scribbling and the older kids can do artwork that is more on their level. 

The makings of a preschooler's collage

The makings of a preschooler's collage

The oldest (ten at the time) even began writing her own story to go along with her artwork.

The budding young novelist's work.

The budding young novelist's work.

It’s been an amazing way to not only calm the drama, but allow for the girls of all ages and abilities to work together.  Best of all, it has given them a place to go to foster their creative genius! Most Sundays they come running up to me and say “Hey Aunt Ryss, are we going to do notebooks today?”  I usually say, “Absolutely!  Just help me clear the table.”  It makes everyone happy.

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2 thoughts on “Notebooks

  1. YEA!!! let me know how it goes Jen. Especially how the boys like it. I seem to be surrounded by little girls and I really need to add some boy info. 🙂

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