My five-year-old granddaughter (known here as Dolphin) is a budding artist-crafter. As soon as she was able to hold a pencil or crayon in her hand, she started creating artwork. She loves the idea of recycling and finding uses for odd items in a craft. Everything is fair game – wrappers from the straws at McDonald’s as well as the paper napkins, bits of fabric, beads, pretty stones, cereal boxes, etc., etc. Her mother and I both keep an area well stocked with all kinds of paper, tape, crayons, markers – all Dolphin needs is an inspiration to get her started and she gets inspired multiple times an hour. She’s come up with some really interesting projects and I can’t wait to see what she’ll do as she gets older and more experienced.
For my Easter gift, she used a kit rather than one of her own creations, but carefully put together a unicorn with a tiny flower. I told her I would mount it and frame it so I could set it up and admire it. She specified a blue frame and I printed out a background with a moon. Her only complaint was that she thought red flowers on the frame would have looked nice and I imagine there will be some on it as soon as she has a chance to work on them.