Do I still make things? Yes. My mind still has bursts of creativity and the only cure is to make something. Mr. R&R, Rae, and Rose (I’m a huge fan of the Oxford comma) never know what new projects what their arrival after school and work. Some days, it is a contest to see if they can identity all the new projects I completed (I am very determined during Baby Bear’s nap time to make “me” time).
Yesterday’s project was 3 textural sensory boards for Baby Bear. Our adventure began at Home Depot where we obtained free 4×4 samples of carpet, astro turf, and laminate counter tops (and some paper paint cards for another project). I did purchase mounting hardware so I didn’t feel like a total mooch. At Joann’s, we purchased fabric remnants (extra 50% off), clearance fabric, feathers, twigs, ribbons, a nest, and pom-poms. My super deal was a set of (7) 12×12 canvases for $6.24 because the top canvas had a hole, which wasn’t an issue since I was going to be covering the entire area.
Based on the number of different sensory textures I accumulated and the wall space for storing, I focused on creating 3 sensory boards. I affixed all my materials to the canvas using hot glue. Yep, that’s a lot of hot glue (I only burned myself once). I used Command Easel Back Hanging Strips to mount the boards to the wall. I selected these because there were on clearance for $2.54 and because I wanted something easy to remove to place in his lap and reattach to the wall. The sensory boards all are low enough that he can touch them while sitting, but will still work when he stands independently.
I spent a total of $30, but I have extra materials (canvases, fabrics, feathers) that I am sending to my sister-in-law so Baby Bear’s twin cousins can have their own sensory boards. For Christmas, Baby Bear is getting a busy board with latches, locks, and light switches to make motor skill learning fun.
Onto my next project.