Shopping at Michael’s one Saturday morning, I found these masks:
For $1 and a little painting time, I could make cute, fun playthings for my niece and nephew (currently 3 and almost 1, respectively). I couldn’t resist! If you’re looking for a fun project for you–or to do with your kids–these are available in an aisle full of wooden objects like this. Frog masks, pinwheels and wands are just a few of the other objects available.
My niece is very, very girly. For her 3rd birthday in February, I sent a tutu to her in Ohio, and I’ve seen it crop up in tons of pictures my sister-in-law has posted on Facebook. To be honest, I’m a little worried about her love affair with pink EVERYTHING, so I’ve been trying to branch out a bit, but still give her presents in colors she’d like. The tutu is purple, so I decided to paint her owl purple, too.
I used four colors of purple acrylic craft paint (available at any craft store, priced about $1 each), and silver for the beak and around the eyes of my niece’s owl (on the left). Three colors of blue paint decorate my nephew’s owl mask. (If you notice, on my nephew’s mask the feet are also silver. I like that look better.)
These are slated for ages 3 and up, but I think that’s more of an interest thing that a danger thing. I’m hoping to encourage them toward creative play, so I’m loving these masks! I don’t want to get on a soapbox, but the gist is this: I dislike commercialism. I think it’s almost impossible to find any toys for children that don’t have licensed characters (Elmo, Barbie, Disney princesses, Cars, etc.) on them. So, I end up searching for months for presents that fit my criteria in places like Etsy and other handmade marketplaces. Or, I make items. I’m always looking for children’s project ideas, so if you’ve got one, send it my way!