Thursday, October 11, 2012

A different kind of recipe.

A while back I saw this cute idea for writing on mugs with sharpies:

I want to do something similar with the husband (how much more fun would it be to drink your morning coffee and get a love note at the same time?). 

But I thought it would be a great kiddo craft project. Granted, you might want to wait until your munchkin is old enough to know that they shouldn't decorate their arms with sharpies. 

My oldest daughter recently had a little slumber party with one of her besties. Before the giggling, movie, and junk food ensued, I picked up some plain white mugs and gathered my sharpies. 


Our supplies. I actually bought the mugs at the Dollar Store - yay for cheap crafts!

Working hard. 

Their finished pieces of art (after they're colored you bake them at 350 for 30 minutes to set the ink). 

These are so cute. 

Did these turn out how I had envisioned or how I would have done them? Heck no. Did they turn out perfectly representing my tiny munchkin's idea of art? Heck yes! 

I'm a firm believer that kiddos should be given a few guidelines (here's your supplies, you can color on the mugs but just don't color inside the mug and don't color on clothes) and then set free. One of my pet peeves is when people helicopter-parent their kid's art and tell them exactly what to do with zero wiggle room or guide the child's hand so it turns out "better." 

My kid's art is perfect. No matter what it looks like. Who cares if she wrote $12 on her mug and colored in the letters of her name so they're barely legible? I love her attempt at drawing a star (next to the $12) and everything else about this. One day she'll be grown up and I'll get to open my cupboard and smile when I see this mug.


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