During Ruby's birthday party, I started a tradition that I am pretty excited about. It is the Birthday Party Sign that was hanging up on the wall between the kitchen and hallway.
It was simple enough; I taped a length of cheap wrapping paper up on the wall with the blank side facing out. On a small table next to it I put sparkly letter and rainbow stickers and markers and asked everyone to write a little message to Ruby for her birthday. Well, I am not the only one who loved that piece of paper and marker stand.
Ruby loved her first introduction to art time. Or maybe it was the fact that we handed her open markers and told her to go mark on the wall. There was a piece of paper there, sure, but it didn't cover the whole wall...
But Ruby loved her marker time, and we loved how much time she could spend coloring by herself. And I also loved the artwork she produced. And seeing how she is just beginning her art career, it was hard for me to make myself throw away these multiple sheets of scribbles.
So I didn't. Instead, I gave them out in her birthday thank you cards. At first I was going to make them the thank you card itself, but then I found I had a package of thank you cards that were perfect for Ruby, so I just included a clipping of the artwork in each card.
I printed out a little thank you note from Ruby, taped it into each card and enclosed an original piece of artwork.
Call me crazy, but it makes me happy that I didn't have to throw out her scribbles.
Makes Ruby happy too, can you tell?
Are you also wondering how I have a nearly blonde child? Who is that baby?!