Check this out.
You just stepped into the desert.
Julia’s desert diorama!
Oh, arts and crafts. What a wonderful way to unlock your child’s creativity! They’re a gateway to discussion and a vehicle for exploration. These kind of projects require thought, vision, and problem solving skills to navigate the step by step process of transforming materials into a desired result. They provide an incredible learning opportunity for your child! And they teach parents like me about relinquishing control.
Sure, I provided some guidance during construction.
“Julia, why is there a horse in here?”
“I’m pretending it’s a camel.”
“Well, the whole thing is pretending to be the desert. The horse pretending to be a camel on top of that is a bit of a stretch, don’t you think?”
I told her she could keep it if she told her teacher the horse had no name, la la laa laaaaaa la la la la, la la la laaaaa la! She looked at me like I was old.
So, she lost the “camel.” Otherwise, I mostly gave advice that she ignored.
Me: “You could use construction paper to…”
Her: “No, I’m going to use paint.”
Me: “I have this craft wire that we could use to…”
Her: “That’s okay, I’m doing it like this.”
As she should. It’s HER assignment. I’m not even sure why it’s so hard to let her do it her way. But I did let her. I think that means I passed. So, it’s kinda like I got an A. Yes. Let’s just say that. I got an A!