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Friday, September 24, 2010

Crafty Kids & Cheese Wax


For a snack I set out a bowl of cherries and some of those little cheeses that come wrapped in red wax. About 1/2 hour later when I passed through the kitchen I was surprised to see that my daughter had made a slew of these tiny wax figures. I was shocked that they were not only adorable, but they are TINY. Creativity just pours out of children as easily as their tears. I remember being like that too, as a child. What happened? Four years of art school happened followed by a couple of artistic careers. I learned the “rules” of art, but lost the passion and spontaneous fun of it. Since leaving my career and spending so much time with children I find those rules are loosening up. I have been slowly regaining a love of making things, but I still have a long way to go. As for my children, I try very hard not inflict my mold on them. Which is difficult for someone who has such strong opinions of what is good.
I put a kernel of corn there to show you how small these guys are. She used the stems from the cherries to make these little plants and the snow people's arms. I love them.
The snow baby is half the size of the corn kernel! It's crazy, I would have just thrown the wax away. She made the base out of a game chip and a bottle top. We adults would call this recycled or repurposed because we need reasons for doing this, right? But children just do it.

13 comments:

  1. So COMPLETELY AWESOME!!!

    What a proud mama moment you must have had to discover such a wonderful little impromptu art project. I always play with the wax too but I've never made anything as cute as that bunny or the snow baby! : )

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  2. so great!!!!!!!!! it should go in a gallery!!! for real!

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  3. These are wonderful. I think all children are born creative and wanting to learn. It is up to us not to kill that. And yes, we adults could learn so much from children. Clarice

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  4. My kids have always done that with the wax, too. But I have learned after scrubbing wax out of many carpets that these are showpieces and NOT toys. :-) ~L

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  5. Lovely. Our children can teach us so much when we are willing to learn.

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  6. This was such a cool post! :)

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  7. THanK YoU ALL for your nice comments.
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  8. I've got some cheese wax sitting in my craft cupboard just waiting for a special moment of creativity -- yours looks great!

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  11. Melissa-
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