Valentine’s Day Crafts with a Two-Year-Old

Talitha and I have taken up a fun Bostik challenge to make something with products they send us each month. In this case, it turned into a few things!

Bostik Valentine's Day

In this lot we were sent Bostik Glu & Fix all purpose clear glue and Blu Tack foam pads.

Bostik foam pads and all purpose glue

Talitha is a bit obsessed with cutting at the moment and has become wildly independent about what she wants to add to things.

Toddler Valentine's crafting

For me, it isn’t easy to let go of how I think she should do something or how I think something should look.

Toddler sticking with Bostik foam pads

I’m trying my best to let go of my silly rules and keep my mouth shut, though, because I remember falling out of love with art as a child because nothing turned out the way I wanted it to. I really don’t want this to happen to her.

Toddler cut out heart

At any rate, her ideas are often more creative than mine! I drew some bits for her to trace on one of the cards. She sensibly ignored them and drew Peppa Pig’s family instead.

Toddler drawing on Bostik Valentine's card

So a lot of what we did here was being led by what she wanted to do in a kind of a collaborative way. I suggested some things, she considered them and then decided what to do.

Valentine's Day Lantern with Bostik

She also, naturally, did all the cutting and sticking herself. I just helped with applying the all purpose glue because it’s potentially messy stuff and the sticky pads because they’re a bit fiddly.

Making pom poms for Bostik Valentine's craft

I may have had a hand in the pom pom making. She enjoys it for a bit then gets bored.

Valentine's Day pom pom flower

Doesn’t she look bored?

Make a Valentine's flower with a pom pom

It was a real lesson to me in choosing process over product, though I think the end result is pretty cool too!

Make a Valentine's Day lantern


16 Comments

  1. January 31, 2014 / 4:51 pm

    love these. It’s really important to let them lead the way… i’ve always given my three free range with crafts – there to help if they want, but not to tell them what to do.
    Polly Davies recently posted..Bits + Pieces

    • February 3, 2014 / 11:28 am

      Yes, I’m realising that more and more. I’ve actually woken up recently to how harmful it is for me to offer help if it’s unneeded. Talitha has a 50-piece puzzle I’ve always assumed she can’t do on her own and so whenever we do it together, she’s constantly asking for my help. But we left it out one day and she did it completely on her own!

  2. January 31, 2014 / 7:39 pm

    I totally know what you mean about wanting them to do things how you imagine! I usually let Cherry do her own then I make one too so I get to create the thing I imagined in my head, while she covers everything in glitter!! I’m doing this challenge too x
    Jess @ Along Came Cherry recently posted..Felt Head Bands

  3. February 1, 2014 / 12:28 pm

    Awh how lovely!

  4. February 2, 2014 / 3:06 pm

    Ahh looks like you both had a great time. I think the little tea light holder looks great! X

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