Children’s artwork can be magical at times. My 3 year old daughter is going through what I affectionately call the ‘potato people’ phase. They sprout legs and arms from their round bodies, usually accompanied by large eyes and an even bigger mouth. She got carried away a couple of nights ago giving her potato person a few too many limbs. In sheer delight, she exclaimed “makkurokurosuke’! For those of us living in Japan this is the familiar mythical black dust bunny from Tonari no Totoro. If unfamiliar with Totoro, immediately go and rent it and watch with your children! Anyway, these little creatures seemed like they were jumping off the page, so full of life. Recently there was a post about a company that creates stuffed animals from a child’s drawing, which I thought was brilliant. It is important to display artwork around the house, but much better to play with the artwork! I came up with the idea of making magnets out of the drawings, which, of course, can be used with any your child’s artwork, particularly the small and animated ones.
Supplies: Adhesive magnet sheet (another wonderful find at the 100 yen shop, called magunetto nenchyaku sheet), Scissors and Child’s artwork
Pull the backing off of the magnet and place the drawing on. Depending on the size, ideally leave some space around the picture. Cut out desired magnet.
The older kids decided to get in on the action and drew Totoro, the cat bus and other characters making a little ensemble for the refrigerator. It’s already a hit and will certainly make any child happy to see their artwork come to life!
HI! I live in Northern Japan on the Oga peninsula and love making crafts with my children and enjoying the beautiful surroundings with my family.
I also run a small company, Sora, that sells handmade clothing, bags and accessories! www.sorajapan.org