Thursday, August 5, 2010

Almonds and Anklets

One lesson we've always tried to teach our children is that it is better to give than to receive.  When Arin was 18 months old, we started having her help bake something to give to someone.  We would look at a picture of the person as we baked for them.  Then, Arin would hand deliver the food item to the person.  I've fallen behind on teaching this lesson to Ella and also having her help me in the kitchen.  So when we decided to do a Letter of the Week, it only made sense to incorporate in the lesson of it is better to give than to receive into our weekly curriculum.  We choose people whose name begin with the letter that we are working on and we make/buy them something that also begins with that letter.  I wish, I could say this was an original idea, but it came from an idea that I saw here.

For the letter A, Ella made Anytime Almonds for Aunt Angie.  She had a lot of fun with this project (she even let Arin help a little!) and Aunt Angie said the almonds were very delicious!

Arin made an Amethyst-colored anklet for Amber.  She strung the beads all by herself and I think she did an awesome job of it.  Arin had such a great time with this project and Amber was very pleased with her gift!


Melissa said...

I love the jewelry Arin is making! What a great idea! Where did you get your beads and other supplies?

Peterson Party said...

Thanks Melissa! We got the beads and the elastic (it was just a tad thicker than that that you used for the necklace you sent the girls) from Michaels. The openings in the beads were large enough that Arin didn't have to use any type of needle (which I liked). Since it was a gift from her, I let her arrange the beads any way she wanted. I was actually surprised how much she loved this activity!