MY favorite Christmas present for THEM was their new Arts & Crafts area that we created in the garage. After opening all of their other presents, we led them out into the garage for their last surprise.
They now have their own craft table (which you can tell they have already put to good use)
And an easel with a white board on one side and a chalkboard on the other.
They also have a craft supply container with drawers filled with everything they will need to be as creative as possible. They have crayons, colored pencils, glue, scissors, paints, brushes, sketching pencils, oil pastels, markers, paper, and lots of other little crafting supplies.
My mom helped out by giving them a whole load of things to add to their supplies as well. Awesome!!!!
And she also gave Layton an art desk just his size. He’s been loving it!
This gift had several purposes. First and foremost, we want to encourage our children’s creativity as much as possible. I love seeing what they create! Secondly, my dining room table has had about as much creativity as it can stand. I needed to have a place where they can paint and do all the creative projects they like to do that wouldn’t end up ruining my table completely. And third now we have a nice 6 foot table and four chairs to use whenever we need it. Win-win all around I think.
Dallin also received a couple of step by step drawing books. From the instructions in the book (no tracing) he created this picture of our family:
I love it. Mandy is sticking out her tongue. Layton has monkey ears. And Dallin is chubby. It makes me giggle every time I look at it. I think he has some serious potential as a cartoonist!