Jeanine here popping over from Serving Pink Lemonade where my sister, Amy, and I post about the fun things we do with our kids. I am mom to 3 (soon to be 4!) little boys ages 6 and under who keep me on my toes and inspire my creative side. I'm honored to be over here at Bloom today!
This past Christmas I had my older boys (ages 6 and 3 1/2) make the gifts that they were going to give to each other (see them HERE and HERE). I was having a hard time coming up with something for them to make for the one-year-old. Then I remembered this adorable giraffe tutorial I had seen forever ago on Make It and Love It but had never gotten around to making. My youngest is always carrying around a stuffed animal of some sort so this was just perfect! I had the boys look through my scrap fabric and ribbons to find something they thought their brother would like. They decided on some fuzzy blue fleece and a scrap of Dad's worn out dress shirt.
After I cut out the fabric and pinned it together I let them each have a go at hand stitching the pieces together. They did awesome! Their attention waned after a bit and I ended up stitching the rest but they still felt pride in working on this gift together, choosing something they thought their brother would like, actually making something pretty cool and useful. For me, I loved seeing that my boys were excited to give something instead of just listing off the things that they wanted to get.
Thanks, Jeanine! We love the giraffe and even more so the idea of teaching our children the fun of creating and gifting!
****Also, you don't want to miss Jeanine and Amy's post about celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday--which is this Wednesday, March 2nd! So many great ideas!!****