My favorite way to coping with “off” days is to introduce a new craft. I remember seeing Perler Beads as a kid, so when I saw IKEA’s version, I decided to give them a try. It was an ambitious project for a five-year-old and three-year-old! They did a good job of keeping the beads contained, but poured them on the boards haphazardly.
Then I tried using the boards myself. I found it challenging! I resorted to using a toothpick, and with this trick Emma was able to make some progress as well!
She fashioned every letter of Johnny’s name all by herself, apart from the very large “O”, which I helped with – which is why it is so big. We made the “O” first, on a circular board. Then Emma made the rest.
Part of me wants to get them some shaped pegboards, but I love Emma’s improvised letters, so maybe I should just wait and see what else she can make on her own? Do your kids play with perler (or pyssla if you get them from IKEA) beads?