It's amazing how much we ALL respond to newspaper and watercolors. I also think paper chains must be part of our shared childhood memories... so I couldn't help but continue with the leaves. These are so little and delicate. I think I'll make several for hanging in the windows.
Next, I tried using an xacto knife and highly recommend it for adult paper-chainers. I discovered two newspaper tricks along the way:
Pencil erasers work wonders on taking a little ink off for creating faces.
Glue sticks are indispensable for reattaching heads... ouch!
I also painted some new children for my daughter and created some "blanks" for her to fill in when she gets home today. I miss not having her at my side constantly, and our afternoons are always about reconnecting. A gentle art project, as simple as watercolors or markers, facilitates talking. It gives her an opportunity to share her daily adventures and tell me all the little details I'm hungry for. When asked too many questions of the "how was your day" variety, most young children can't respond with much more than one word answers. I find that joining my daughter in some good creative work increases her ability (and desire) to relive her day or any feelings that have come up... naturally and without pressure. She's quite happy and insanely in love with her friends, but don't you think paper dolls lend themselves perfectly to discussions about friendship. Just saying...