There are so many gifts on the market for Mother's Day this year and although I would love anything that my boys got for me, I love the fact that you can buy crafty items and make them yourself. What's better than a homemade card?
So when Cuticura got in touch asking if we wanted to receive some items for the perfect Mother's Day gift, in support of the Cuticura’s ‘crafty creations’ charity campaign supporting The Princes Foundation for Children and The Arts, I couldn't wait to receive them so that we could get crafty.
Education through play and learning is paramount to The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts, who believe that every child has the right to be inspired by the arts. “Engaging with a variety of the arts from a young age has a hugely positive effect on children; nurturing vital skills like self-esteem, confidence and communication. By learning through play, we give children the best opportunity to learn, grow and achieve,” says Jeremy Newton, Chief Executive of The Prince's Foundation for Children and the Arts.
We received a 'Paint your own mug' set and a Mother's Day card which needed to be finished and a host of Cuticura products. I knew that the hand washes would come in great handy after the activities to get us back squeaky clean.
Starting with the card, I asked Thomas what he would like to put on the front of it and he decided on a flower but since the card came with stickers, he wanted a butterfly on it too, pointing out that butterflies land on flowers all the time so it would look 'perfect' like that.
We had a bit of a practice first on some paper, trying out finger painting and brush styles and eventually settling on using the brush for the flower and pressing the colour on sideways in a triangle shape to do the petals. Thomas decided on the colours and was on his way painting, choosing to also add a couple of butterflies on the sides too.
After the front had dried, Thomas started on the inside. He wanted to write 'I Love You' inside but then picked to have a heart sticker instead of the word love.
We then moved on to the cup and again did a bit of practising on some paper fist as Thomas wanted to do stripes and we wanted to make sure that they were straight. 'Pink and blue stripes will look lovely' according to Thomas and so he got on to painting the stripes onto the cup and doing a matching purple handle.
Since the cup was hard to write on, I did the text for him by painting the word 'mum' on it in red and then we left it to dry.
It was such a nice activity to do with Thomas and great to see his creative side. Here are our finished creations: