Making Different Beautiful

Talking to your child about those that are different can be challenging, but books like Husker the Mule: A Birthday Present, by Codi Vallery-Mills, make conversations a little easier. My son is four years old and he is mostly concerned about boy toys and girl toys.  So I pose questions about why certain toys are ‘girl’ toys to get him thinking. I also try to help him develop confidence to be who he is. Granted all of these conversations are broken down and presented on his level. Diversity is a difficult thing to explain and a hard topic to find projects on, so we had to get creative and logical. What makes us different? My favorite color is yellow and Rowan likes green and orange. Graham seems to prefer red. Is one better than the other? No. We have opinions and they may be different but no one is wrong – in fact differences like this make us unique.

Something else that really makes us unique is our fingerprints. No two fingerprints are alike. That is pretty remarkable considering there are 7.1 billion people in the world. That’s a lot of people and a lot of diversity. We had three sets of fingerprints and decided to use them to make a different kind of craft. We call these fingerprint flowers and you’ll soon see why.

So, we started our project like all of our projects and got out our supplies.

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Once we had our supplies, I asked what all flowers have in common. A stem! We applied glue to our green craft sticks and pasted them to our white paper. We used markers to add leaves to the stems, but not all leaves are the same shape and size so we made a variety of leaves.

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Next, we glued the white doilies to the top of each craft stick.

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Once our doilies were in places we got our thumbs ready for fingerprinting. We pressed our finger on the ink pad and then carefully rolled our finger from one side to the next in the middle of the doilies.

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These thumbs are really very nice.

Lastly, we needed to add the flower petals. Using our markers we decorated each flower. Rowan’s were very colorful, mine followed a specific pattern, and Graham’s followed no pattern at all. All were beautiful. All were unique. All were different.

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It was a great lesson that allowed us to communicate about something very important easily and openly.

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Every momma day has at least one themed project and snack. Like any other momma day, I immediately found my way to Pinterest and searched for my theme. The trouble here is there are very few craft projects, no science projects, and no snacks to be found on mules! We may love Husker, but mule crafts are not nearly as popular. We got creative with our fingerprint flowers and learned a great lesson. Our snack is also unique. I took a different approach with the snack and believe some may question my parental decision making skills with this one, but hey it is on theme and we just talked about accepting people for their differences!

Virgin Moscow Mules

  •  Apple Juice – watered down
  • Sparkling Cranberry Juice
  • Lime Juice
  • Ice cubes

Mix equal parts apple juice/water and cranberry juice over ice cubes. Add in a few drops of lime juice, stir and enjoy.

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The original recipe contained ginger beer instead of apple juice, but the taste may be too strong for your child. My kids did not like the spicy flavor of the ginger and preferred the apple juice version. **Please note: I am not crazy. Ginger beer has absolutely no alcohol and is perfectly safe for children.**

So, ending with a note about not being crazy, a drink turned virgin for the kiddos, and life lessons. The blog is called making it up as they grow and I am doing just that. Come along for this crazy ride. I try to teach them to be nice little people and some how they wind up teaching me a thing or two.

Cheers,
Kelly

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