Lockdown Day 23 – A Crafty Day!
“We do not remember days, we remember moments.” (Cesare Pavese)
These days will all blend into a time we remember as ‘lockdown’. There will be so many emotions and memories connected to this experience. Let’s encapsulate these feelings and sentiments as a memoir of this time.
Perhaps this activity will be one of the more positive moments that Pavese alluded to in the quote above – one that can be reflected on in the years to come with gratitude.
- A piece of paper for each person in the house
- 1 x A3 paper or cardboard (get creative here – you can easily use ‘waste’ – cereal boxes etc)
- Pencil/pen/paint – use what you have
- Prepare the workspace by placing the writing/drawing implements in the middle of the table.
- Set a placemat for each person.
- Invite the family to join you around the table.
- Explain that you would like to create a memory of this time when you were all together in your home for this extended period of time. The memory will reflect how you are feeling right now and what special memories you have of this time. It will be a memory that you can have framed and put up in your home as a reminder.
- Invite each person to choose a pencil and trace around her/his hand. Younger children may need a little help to hold their non-dominant hand down, while they draw around it.
- Ask each person to cut out their hand. Again – younger children may need some assistance. Be mindful however of not doing it all for the child. Their current level of ability will also serve as a fond memory!
- Write into each finger a feeling that describes how you have felt during this time. Help the children with adjectives here (happy, sad, grateful, scared, worried, peaceful etc.).
- Write one positive memory onto the palm of the hand.
- Use your imaginations and the resources you have at home to decorate/ colour the hand after the words have been written.
- Stick the completed hands onto the card in whichever way you wish and write a heading with the date.
We would love to see some of your finished products!
“Happy is said to be the family which can eat onions together. They are, for the time being, separate, from the world, and have a harmony of aspiration.”
– Charles Dudley Warner –