Jacob is my Aunt Pam’s favorite. I think it is their mutual middle childhood that unites them. It could be that he is also the only baby she actually has babysat for , if only for a few hours. Either way, they have a bond. Unfortunately she lives all the way in California and only visits maybe once a year. When playing with out craft supplies I thought it would be nice of him to make a little something we could send her, like a long distance hug.
I was very impressed with how cute this was once completed, and we had a ball making it. Much like most of our crafts, this one can be personalized with whatever paint color or construction paper color you want. We used the red and pink construction paper and ribbon because it is close to Valentines Day, but a different time of year we would use different colors. Green for Saint Patricks Day, for example.
If you follow me on Instagram you may remember me posting a picture the other week mentioning Jacob was insisting on wearing a winter hat inside a la Jesse Pinkman. The above is an example of his newest look. I promise it is 70 degrees in this house and the toddler is not freezing. He is just being fashionable. At least the beanie hat and his shirt (and the socks you cannot see) are all Spiderman, so I do suppose he matches.
First take your child’s hand and paint it with acrylic paint. Press the painted hand on construction paper, and repeat with the other hand on a second piece of construction paper. Cut the handprints out to look like they are “inside” mittens. Hand your child one end of string/ribbon/yarn and stretch it across the child’s body to measure arm span. I had Jacob hold the both sides of the ribbon, then cut to get an accurate measure. Glue the ribbon to the bottom of your “mittens” and cut out a complimentary color oval of construction paper to get glued on the bottom of the mittens to look like trim and to cover the ribbon. Allow to dry completely, and mail off to family!