I forgot how the simple things can still be a "wow" for kids in this electric, techno age. The simple things we all did as kids could soon be forgotten when there are so many other things screaming for their attention.
Begging to play on my iPad I convinced the twins to color with markers,cut with their new scissors(paper only!) and glue with me today. They loved the idea and soon Rachel started tracing her hands, which was great except for the fact that she now had marker up and down the inside of all her fingers. I added rings and nails and watches etc and they were excited to color them. At first their exuberance was overwhelming as we ended up with purple and orange fuzzy paper hands. Although they stayed in the lines pretty good for 3 year olds I thought we should try again! I told them to paint the nails the way we paint our real toe nails and this is what they did. Then I remembered paper dolls and how as kids we would cut paper and leave the fold uncut and make strings of paper dolls. I traced their hands and feet (which made them giggle as the pencil traced their toes)and we made connecting hands and feet which they painted too! They also enjoyed tearing off the ten tons of tape required to hold up so many body parts on the pantry door.
The blessing today is that it warms my heart to look over and see those tiny paper hands reaching up! I can touch them, pray for them and remember our shared day long after the mess is cleaned up and quiet has returned to the house!