Keepsake for Grandma

A homemade gift for grandma teaches kids heartfelt lessons.

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  • Colored paper
  • Pencil
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Rhinestones
  • Glue or paste
  • 1-inch foam brush (for glue
  • Glitter pens
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Beads
  • Spool wire
  • Corrugated and plain carboard
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Poster paint in several colors
  • Plastic container
  • Craft sticks
  • Two 2-inch foam brushes (for paint)

What could be more fun and heartfelt than crafting a Mother's Day keepsake for Grandma? "When children create a gift for a grandparent, they gain perspective on the meaning of generations and their own place in the family," says Sara Wilford, director of the Early Childhood Center at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, NY. "They also experience the feelings involved in giving a gift to a loved one." Our easy-to-make 3-D craft project cultivates a variety of skills too: Making the butterfly develops fine-motor ability, and measuring the different quantities of paint for the frame encourages skills such as estimation and prediction. "It also invites discovery," says Wilford, who notes that children are fascinated by the process of combining different shades to produce new colors.

To make the project:

1. Ask your child to draw butterfly wings on a sheet of colored paper. Cut out the shape, and press a fold between the wings. Let her dab a drop of glue or paste on the rhinestones and press them on the wings, then draw squiggles around the rhinestones with glitter pens and crayons.

2. Curl the end of a pipe cleaner into a spiral to form the head. Fold the pipe cleaner so it fits over the length of the center between the wings, then slip it behind them. Twist the uncurled end around the head and trim the excess.

3. Cut a 4-inch length of wire. Thread a bead onto one end, then twist the wire over the bead and around it to secure. Repeat at the other end. Thread the wire through the pipe cleaner head and twist at the center to create antennae.

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