(by Mary May Larmoyeux) Several years ago a couple of the grandkids were sick when I was taking care of them. Needing something quiet that would occupy their time, I thought they could make some creative pictures. So I asked Pops if he’d draw some dinosaurs on cardboard and then I cut them out. The result: homemade stencils!
The kids traced the cardboard dinosaurs onto large pieces of construction paper. Then they drew trees and pasted leaves made out of construction paper on top of them. The children were really proud of their pictures, and I was too! It just took a little paper, glue, and imagination to entertain my sick grandkids that day.
In addition to making “stencils” that are shaped like dinosaurs, you could also draw (on cardboard) simple hearts or trace cookie-cutter shapes. Then cut those shapes out.
How have you entertained sick children? Have you ever made homemade stencils?
Article and Photo © 2016 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
If you would like some creative ideas for grandparents, check out The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. Paper and electronic versions are available. (Great for parents, aunts and uncles, too!)