Oh my goodness. Fimo*.
What a trip down memory lane.
My mum and dad used to buy me Fimo for my birthdays and Chirstams each year and I can't tell you just how much I loved it. As a kid, the greatest gift I could ever be given was a tub filled with craft supplies. Mercy, just the thought of it made my pulse quicken.
It still does.
Thats why this time of year is so delightful- it's the perfect excuse to sit with my young ones and watch them work with their tiny hands.
The other day while the lady baby was sleeping, Zeph and I took the opportunity to bond over a bit of Fimo and good toddler conversation.
Together we choose the perfect robot/monster to create before squishing and rolling firm pieces of coloured mixture in our hands. I made the body while Zeph formed the arms and clumpy hands.
As soon as we moved away from the illustration and step by step instructions**, the real creativity flowed. Long winding 'snake' arms and massive heavy fists were fitted to the ridged, textured body. Later, eyes, ears and a smiling mouth were added to the cone head. Before we knew it we were holding the 'Teapot Robot'!
Before we put him in the oven, we made a small hole through the top of his noggen to ensure he can be hung on the Christmas tree. Baked for 30 mins at 110 and we have the PERFECT keep sake! A Teapot Robot' Christmas decoration made by my little Zephiebomb.
I just know we will be carefully hanging that guy (the decoration, not Zeph) from the tree for many years to come.
In fact, I think this will be a 'Beetle Shack' tradition, each year we will add to our collection.
* Just so you know, this is not a sponsored post. I really love fimo and was seriously stoked to get some in the mail just the other day. I was not obliged to write about it but I'm always happy to write about making stuff with my kids and we have enjoyed using it immensely.
** thats why there is not tutorial here, kids crafts should be facilitated rather than super structured.