And the lion I made was awesome! Put a crown on him 'cause he's the king of the beasts.
Well, I have no answers. All my projects are usually secretly treasured for awhile but usually end up in the trash. I have, however, considered what all this means, and I wanted I'd share a few thoughts before I forget them.
First, I'm doing a good job enriching my daughter's education and life. I try to integrate subjects, so science, Bible, and history lend themselves well to arts and crafts. Things have greater meaning and impact when you make it real or do it yourself. It also addresses different learning modalities and intelligences.
Second, I'm attempting to set an example of striving for our best. Do I criticize her lion for not looking as spiffy as mine? No way! (Although, her lion was quite well done!) But there is an issue if a decent attempt is not made. I also try to demonstrate how to "try, try, again." Also, there are sometimes comments about how well I do things which leads to a discussion about more practice and experience (versus being old!) I try to make sure she understands that even though we may do it differently, we should still both try to do our best.
Third, it's "quality time." Unfortunately, I do not always stop to play checkers or Little Pet Shop with my DD when she asks. I know it's something I should work on, but at least when we are having fun making something, I know that we are having a chance to have some "play" time. After all, doing an art project can't really be school, can it?
Lastly, it's fun! It's kind of like being able to re-live some of the fun of childhood. Sure, there are all kinds of crafts and hobbies we can do as adults to help express our creativity, but is there anything as relaxing as opening that box of 64 crayons and coloring outside the lines a little bit?
So, I have a few more dust collectors or a few more recyclables. It seems like the pluses outweigh the minuses when it comes to arts and crafts.