On Christmas Eve we made shortbread cookies. It was a whole family affair of mixing ingredients, rolling out dough and pushing down on cookie cutters.
It was also rather stressful. The ingredients went in fine. The mixing went well. The rolling and cutting? Not so much. Because our kiddo wanted to touch and tear and grab and move and explore. And shortbread cookies (especially gluten free ones) are not exactly three-year old friendly.
We found ourselves saying “no” a lot. And the activity was heading toward disaster. That is, until we gave our daughter her own roll of dough, wax paper and cookie cutters. While we made cookies the “right” way, she happily touched, tore, grabbed, moved and explored freely.
This activity reminded me why I don’t do much in the way of organized crafts. I’d rather hand my kiddo materials and let her learn on her own than stress out about gluing something in the right place or cutting something along the right line.
To relax. To enjoy her three-ness. To cultivate a love of learning and imagination. To let her create.