The punch required a bit of arm muscle, so I held the paper while Turbo used two hands on the punch. When he first started, he couldn't get the punch without a little help from me. Then he figured out the leverage and pressure and was able to do it by himself with just stabilization help. He absolutely loved punching the paper!
He's never used a glue stick before. I'm not sure he realized it was glue - he likely thought it was a fat purple crayon!
Then the experience went a bit south. It was completely my doing. My sweet Turbo was experimenting with his materials (as we always do), fiddling with the punch and crumpling his leaves with happiness. Me, I sat and got frustrated ("don't do that" was heard more than once). I tried to encourage him (ok, told him in a frustrated voice) to place his leaves... It was everything I could do to keep my paws off his art. This is the first time I've felt this way about our projects. Probably because it's the first time I've really had an expectation of the outcome. Plus, I really liked my idea - found a great art, bought a new tool....so I'm sure there was a bit of ego investment.
He did a terrific job, but it wasn't the art he wanted to create. I was a bit too involved and invested on this one. Of course I'll have a lot more chances to practice and improve. Good learning experience for the Mommy today.
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