I was looking for a quick and easy way to add a bit of scary oomph to our house this Halloween season when my son asked if he could work on a project with me. Never one to squash a child's creative spirit, I agreed. There is nothing like restrictions to make my creativity skyrocket, either!
I had spent about an hour trying to think up something appropriately fun when Xavier asked me this. Within a minute I had the project planned out in my head - we would make monster yarn art! Full disclosure: I'm not head-over-heels in love with yarn art. Still, I figured since he's 3, he would love to help me draw a creepy creature and then string the yarn through all of the nails.
Turns out I was both right and wrong. He didn't help draw the monster as much as he instructed me on how the monster should look: a scary orange monster chasing someone! Let me repeat - Xavier is 3. He also had nightmares for a week after watching "Hook." There will be no truly scary monsters in our house for a long time yet, so I knew this one had to walk a fine line to satisfy both of us.
He also did not like stringing the yarn, because the nails truly are unpleasant to scrape up against while wrapping. However, the amount of joy he received from hammering in the nails more than made up for his disappointment.
After he had given up the stringing and gone to bed, I took over and finished up. The next morning he was so excited that he wanted to take it in to preschool. We compromised by hanging it on the mantle.