We stopped at JoAnn's before our grocery trip on Wednesday to buy a few supplies. My goals, other than to whip something up with very little time or money involved, were to have Anna participate as much as possible and to let her be the designer. This is what we came up with:
All of the color ideas (yellow thread, green and blue antennae, multi-colored stripes, wing 'decorations') were Anna's, of course. Adding designs to the wings with colorful felt that she cut out all by herself was her idea as well. I saw the duct tape idea online, and we just happened to have the colorful stuff on hand already. For a couple of hours and less than $20, we have a very happy buzzing, flying, stinging bee in our house. She's also quite proud of her work, as am I. It was so fun to observe her thinking about what colors to put where, to watch her painting foam balls with such focus and intensity, to work together on stitching the wings.
I have a feeling she's going to be coming up with more ideas like this one soon.
|This is what a bumble bee looks like when she says "Bzzzzzzz!"|