This was one of those activities for when Em chooses the absolutely worst moment–when I’m changing a poopy diaper, in the midst of a mountain of laundry, trying to work some culinary magic out of leftovers–to ask me to do a craft. I always feel badly when I tell her I’m too busy, especially since she’s four and with very little preparation can do the rest herself. So I set her down a bowl of buttons and a pipe cleaner and asked her to string them. I turned one end up at a right angle so she wouldn’t keep pushing them all the way off.
If I had been helping her with this, I would have discussed things like color, size, and pattern with her. That wasn’t in the cards for this day, so the only adjustment I made was asking her to put a larger button on the end for a face.
So before you get to your very last button, cut a small piece of pipe cleaner off and twist it into a V shape for antennae.
When you add the final button, loop the pipe cleaner back through for a nose, if you will.
Then add some googly eyes and you have a pocket-sized pet!
And if you can, don’t forget to do one of my awesome butterfly crafts next! Such a fun way for your little to keep busy and do some crafts on their own!