Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Just FYI Nestabilities Work Great on Construction Paper!

My 3 year old daughter put together these adorable frogs.

She is learning to cut with scissors and that means lots of projects with cutting and glueing.  

I had seen this cute kit 
I found it very inspiring for paper bag puppet ideas.  The kit makes it easy with lots of stickers that come with it, but I didn't want to order it.  Can't buy everything, right?!  

I knew my daughter would have a very hard time cutting nice circles.  Heck, I can't even cut a decent circle, so I decided to try my Nestabilities.

They worked BEAUTIFULLY on construction paper. I got gorgeous, clean cuts with it, and my daughter was able to stack the plates for the Cuttlebug, so all I did was turn the crank for her.  She loved it, and it was easy.

When you have kids construction paper is hard to work with.  You don't want to use it in your die cutting machine because it will mess up your mat, but even beyond that it tears easily and can bunch up and not cut well.  I even find it hard to use in my paper trimmer that has a sliding blade if I'm not very slow and careful about it.  So, I was thrilled to find out that this was super easy and effective and thought I'd pass along the tip.

She still got to use her scissors on this project, and then do the circles the easy way.  I'm sure we'll be using the Nestabilities again together.  Plus, she just thinks it's really cool to get to play with MY toys ;)  

Hugs to everyone.  I'm trying to keep up, but things have been nuts.  I am doing preschool at home and I spend many hours planning our lessons and doing them with her.  Then just the usual cleaning, cooking, laundry, etc.  I am just really focused on my kids at the moment.  It doesn't help I just un-mounted all my rubber stamps to convert them to cling and it took FOREVER and made a huge mess. *LOL*  Glad I did it, but that ate up a lot of would be crafting time too.
I have some fun projects in the works - so don't give up on me.  I've got some cool things planned for Halloween and such.  Coming soon, I promise.

I truly appreciate everyone that stops by!  Thanks for reading!


cricutalltime said...

really cute.i too like doing crafts with my little boy.i think he will love doing this puppets.cant wait to see your halloween projects.tfs

Linda Kaiser said...

Super cute! I love the idea of paper bag puppets and these are too adorable. Love the bright colors!


Dilsaver Designs said...

The froggies are adorable, love making puppets :) said...

I just love them:)

Dr Sonia S V said...

So sweet-- good you introduced her to scissors!


MaryNSC said...

O MY gosh O My gosh I been trying to leave U a comment I even hunted u down and it was behind all my WINDOWS I had OPEN . HAHAHAHAHAH I just wanted to tell You this is so sweet and so cute what they are making Looks like so much fun too..They are doing FANTASTIC!! HUGS!!

Missy said...

Great idea, and her puppets turned out adorable!!!! ;) (It's nice that we can make that stuff on our own and don't have to buy everything!!!! :))

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Super cute puppets!

Pat N. said...

The puppets are too cute! And such a great project for your daughter. Don't feel bad; everyone seems to be busy with kids and school, etc. You'll get there again.--Pat

Stephanie said...

Give up on you!!! Never. I think it is wonderful you are homeschooling. Family is more important than anything else. Thank you for the wonderful tip Amber. love the little paper puppets your little one made:)

Crooked Scrapper said...

Soooo Cute!! I will have to share this project with my Granddayghter, she will love it.

The Archiving Angel said...

Omg, these are just too sweet!
I think it is darling that your daughter is already crafting. Just like her mommy!