Since the button shadow box had gone over well with Nico 4 months prior and now that I knew what to put in it, I needed to do one more.
Here he’s shaking his colors, I gave him color choices. Then I poured out and asked him to paint the side with no images so it would stick better. I had bought a 500 piece puzzle at the thrift store for 50 cents, so we had lots of pieces and they were a bit small but so was the shadow box.
He did about a dozen orange ones and a few yellow ones but it was hard to hold for him cause they are so small and he was getting paint all over his fingers. No matter how many times I told him it was ok we’d wash his hands later, he wanted to wipe them every time. So he was about to give up but I thought I would try to keep him interested by doing one of his favorite things, hand painting (as in me painting his hand)! I know you probably wonder what the heck, he won’t have paint on his fingers but he’ll have his hand painted? I have no clue myself but he loves it so it works in my advantage
(We got dressed in the mean time which explains the clothes change) So I painted his hand orange with lots of paint (put it on fairly thick) and placed some puzzle pieces on the table and stuck his painted hand and pressed down.
He thought that was fun for a bit then he wanted Maman to do it to her hand. Never done so before but why not! He picked a few colors for me, I thought, no, a puzzle piece should be one color (that’s how I’ve always seen it) but I then no, this is his so we’ll do what he wants. Well it turned out really cool! We got some nice 2-3 colors ones and some even went marble-y because he turned them in my hand. (He took the pic above.)
He took a picture of a few pieces, sorry for the hand I was trying to help him aim, had too or you would have gotten a very fuzzy close up of the placemat, lol. He liked pressing puzzle pieces on my hand. We did this for a good hour in the end and we had lots of puzzle pieces.
(I know it looks like its the same day, it’s just coincidence he’s wearing the same shirt) 2 weeks later when all the pieces were dried, (it only took a few hours to dry but I forgot about the project) I grabbed the second one I had, but asked him to paint it this time before putting anything on it. He picked black. I thought he would’ve picked a more child friendly color but hey, after all it’s his box, so let’s roll with it.
I had him come and glue them on. He wanted to pila! (pile) them but I had to step in or we would’ve had a tower of puzzle pieces in one spot and nothing anywhere else, lol. So I told him it was like the button one we made and he remembered, so he put them on in the same fashion. He still wanted to pila so I let him put a second layer, in one corner he got a little more crazy but I think it looks nice and gives it character, that’s where I put that special piece he made with coloring pencils. Now I guess you wanna know what I put in there?
Remember all those Christmas decorations he made for his Christmas tree? Yep, he made them all this year, it was his tree. I liked them so much and was so sad to see them go (I stretched it until January 15, I think) that I decided to put a few favorite in those shadow boxes to be able to see them year round What do you think?
Wouldn’t those also make a great gift for a family member or a close friend for any occasion?