A Blogtoberfest Guest Post — and craft tutorial! — by Cory of Juniper Studio
We are a fall family. Hikes, cranberry bogs, roasting chicken, apple picking. It’s the best. The boys are in LOVE with the acorns and vibrant leaves and pumpkins, or as Lucas calls them, pumpies. Gosh, I hope he never stops calling them pumpies.
To celebrate the season, we made mummies. This thing came out WAY spookier than I expected. Perfect for Halloween!
We started by pilfering my husband’s white undershirt collection. Tee hee. I cut a small slit in each piece of fabric and the boys ripped strip after strip after strip. They loved this SO. MUCH. Jackson talked about the noise it made and the lengths and widths of each strip. Such a simple, satisfying activity for my boys, and great for their hand muscle development. Sanctioned destruction. Big mama points.
Once we had a pile of fabric strips, we made two large bowls of “dye”, one tea and one coffee. Both boys smelled the tea bags and the coffee grounds and helped stir each liquid. They listened to the drip of the coffee maker, felt the sides of the warm bowls, and watched the swirling steam. A sweet sensory component to this activity. We always try to savor the simple things.
The boys lowered each strip into the liquids and poked them with spoons to make sure they were fully submerged. We checked on them after just a few minutes and they had already absorbed quite a bit of color. Jackson helped pour out the excess liquid, and we hung them on the deck to dry.
Now that we had our fabric prepped, it was time to assemble our mummy. We used a Styrofoam head base (a few dollars at a local arts and crafts store), googly eyes (any excuse to use googly eyes), and a hot glue gun. Jackson carefully placed every strip, applying a dab of glue to secure each end to the head. It was amazing to watch the emergence of this guy’s personality!
What I loved most about this activity was the integration of a variety of opportunities for focus and discussion and learning: motor work ripping the fabric, sensory exposure brewing coffee and tea, science experimentation dyeing the fabric, spatial awareness and problem solving wrapping the strips around the head.
This is how kids learn, by doing and trying and experiencing and talking. In this case, we also got a pretty neat mummy friend out of the process. Boo!
From Juniper Studio: My babies have been the perfect test subjects for the countless projects I have on my “To Try” list… eager to paint and swirl shaving cream and try yoga poses, and easily paid with food and hugs. Pretty sweet.