We have multi-family Sunday dinners at my house bi-weekly. With 11 grandchildren, things get crazy quickly. So, I decided that to keep the little munchkins happy (and quiet) that some sort of craft might help. I had paper in abundance (pictures from magazines, paper, scissors, crayons, glue, etc.) and thought that some sort of paper activity would be good. So, I got a small spiral-bound, lined notebook and put their names on each one.
I began by trying to give them things to do, papers to fill out.
Then I tried to do things, like have them decorate a tree at Christmas time.
The younger kids practice cutting, gluing, and scribbling and the older kids can do artwork that is more on their level.
The oldest (ten at the time) even began writing her own story to go along with her artwork.
It’s been an amazing way to not only calm the drama, but allow for the girls of all ages and abilities to work together. Best of all, it has given them a place to go to foster their creative genius! Most Sundays they come running up to me and say “Hey Aunt Ryss, are we going to do notebooks today?” I usually say, “Absolutely! Just help me clear the table.” It makes everyone happy.