Thursday, December 6, 2012

Kid Made Christmas Decorations





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. 






16 comments:

  1. Hooray for Fimo! That robot is awesome...as are your pictures!! And Zeph looks mighty chuffed with his creation. What a delightful tradition to start. Wishing you gorgeous days :) x

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  2. So cool!
    I love that Teapot Robot...and that tradition.

    We have been doing some Christmas crafting over here too...we did some potato stamping and made some wrapping paper!
    http://motherdownunder.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/christmas-craft-for-toddlers-potato.html

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  3. So awesome! Your little man just gets cuter and cuter. What a great tradition to start.

    We made ornaments today too. I have a gold spray painted paper plate with my hand print on it that I made in kindy in 1985. It was on my parents Christmas tree every year, and now it is on ours. So today we painted some paper plates gold and the kids put red hand prints on them and now they are hanging on our tree next to mine, with extras for the Grandparents. :)

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  4. This is so sweet, I used to love playing like this when I was little x

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  5. I love fimo ! I've bought some for arky's stocking,
    This robot is so cool, I must show the boys xx

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  6. You have one serious little talented artist there on your hands hun xx

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  7. Oh, Em this boy makes my heart melt! I just love that pouty-lipped face in the second photo - gorgeous.

    I loved Fimo as a child...actually I stil do! These photos are making me want to mould and play with some now. Ha :)

    Sar xx

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  8. oh yeah, that's a talented kid there. how much fun is fymo, hey? i'd never played with it before in my life, i've been making beads like crazy. kids do it so much better ;) sarah

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  9. I LOVED Fimo when I was little. The best. x

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  10. Magic photos Em. And yes..fimo is the best. Still have some of Bex's pieces in the garage (I'm a bit sad hey but too wonderful to throw out).
    You are great to give your kids these wonderful experiences! x x

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  11. Traci Sparkle DevlinDecember 7, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Wow this takes me back. I used to LOVE Fimo! So many hours were spent making little treasures.
    Thank you for the Friday Flashback =)

    tx

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  12. Oh yes I know that feeling of true delight when in the arty section of the $2 shop. Thats exactly why I started my little kids art workshop business. I get to create all I want, I get to buy all the arty stuff I can with out too much guilt and I get to watch my kiddies and other excited kiddies create and explore - oh so rewarding
    have fun building Christmas memories

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  13. I used to LOVE fimo as a child - I need to buy some. That robot is totally brilliant. x

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  14. Oh my goodness, this is so cool! I'm waiting on a sweet little package of sculpey. The kids are going to love it!

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  15. The post is showing kids made Chritsmas decoration. Useful post

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  16. Great Idea of Creating Fimo by innocent hand for Christmas.Kids will love it and try it by their own and it'll make their mind sharp.So its two works together ,Christmas decoration as well as making kids busy in some Innovative Work.

    Regards Prince...

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em