I took the side off of a huge diaper box and covered it with a sheet of white felt. I cut the felt to be slightly larger than the cardboard, wrapped it around each side and secured it with a thin strip of hot glue.
I used white so I could make lots of felt scenes in the future but today was all about the ocean so I cut out a large piece of blue felt for my ocean waves.
I sat with my pile of felt scraps and Maggie dictated to me what she wanted. Nemo Daddy, Nemo, Dori, Shark, Ariel, and eyes she was very concerned that I was going to forget their eyes. I even cut out some generic fish and let her color them. I pieced them together using hot glue.
Each piece was cut by hand without a pattern and in a hurry so some pieces look a little funky. A 3 year old waits for no one. But you know what? It doesn't have to be perfect.
Do you like my hand-less Ariel ghost? Haha.
She enjoys it and we spent some quality time together making it.
That's the only part that needs to be perfect.
When I asked her what her favorite piece was do you know what she told me?
Yes. Ariel, the hand-less ghost was the catch of the day.
You can imagine my surprise when I saw this later in the evening -
"Maggie!! What in the world happened to Ariel?! She's decapitated!"
To which she grabbed the shark and said, "Num, num, num, num (think Jaws theme music) chomp, chomp, chomp, chomp, chomp!"
Well, at least she's got imagination.