First, I tried the picture of the child holding a flower for the card that I saw on Pinterest. I loved the idea. I had them laminated so they would last longer. I am not sure if this was a good idea or not. The paper may lay better with the flower poked through if it weren't laminated. I am happy the way they came out, though!
One simple treasure is a bracelet with beads. This can be totally independent, is easy , and the children really feel like they created a special piece of jewelry when they are finished. I helped twist and form the bracelet after the beads were on.
Here are pictures of the steps:
1. I tell the children to put the paper in front of them in a diamond shape with the white side up and pretty side down. Then, take the bottom point and match that to the top point, and fold in the middle so it is a triangle.
5. This is the tricky part for some of them. Take the lower right corner and tuck it up and behind the middle part that is folded down to create a pocket.
6. Do the same on the other side.
(Except she puts the bookmark in the book the opposite way that I do. I have the triangle facing the page I am marking.)
You can also make them into monsters by adding eyes and teeth, or googly eyes. :) There are lots of ideas for that, too, like this:
Here is an awesome site I just found. We are going to try the Origami Heart bookmark. (I found it under the "Useful Origami" heading.) This site gives great step by step tutorials. My kids loved making origami, so I think we can work that into lots of fun things we do.
My kids were very focused! Once I showed them how to tuck in one corner, most of them got it. It was hard for some of them, but we did it together.
Those are a few treasures so far. Thank you for visiting!
PS Our lupines are growing! :)