What's the most surprising thing your kids have made at the craft table?

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My stepdaughter gave me a guitar....
She made it from an empty tissue box, a stick stabbed in one end (for the neck) and it even had rubber bands stretching over the hole in the tissue box. IT MADE MUSIC!

Same little girl drew me a picture... when she was 4...it is the four of us, Me (the stepmom) Daddy, her and her sister. She sat all alone, didn't ask for help at all, and you could see her, saying a word over and over again. She was sounding it out, all by herself! I left her, didn't offer to help, I wanted to see what SHE found the answer to be. She gives me my precious picture of all four of us....and it has FALUMEE written across the top. Of course I framed it... it is hanging about 8 feet away from me right now.

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Nikki - posted on 08/11/2010

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It would have to be when my daughter was 4 years old and I was sick in bed. So she went and got her Art things and made some books to read to me. Although she just drew pictures. She made the Pom-Pom Book, The School Bus Book, The Tree Book, The Leaf Book and The Crayon Book. She read everyone to me.

Elizabeth - posted on 08/10/2010

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My 3 year old daughter was at our craft table with a brand new art set that her and her older sister had gotten. Basic supplies- markers, crayons, sissors, glue, and small sheets of paper. She was busy for a few hours drawing pictures, then I noticed she was taking them into the Kitchen, which I assumed she was hanging them on the refridgerator with the magnets we have on there. Later that day she took me in there to see all of her beautiful pictures. I got to looking and to my surprise she had GLUED about ten pictures on the fridge. Thankfully they come off easily with no sticky mess!! I only took one off though, she was so proud I had no choice but to leave them there.

Kathy - posted on 08/09/2010

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I have always Loved the finger prints and the finger turkeys
All of my kids made them and I still have them packed away my youngest is in his 20s

Theresa - posted on 08/09/2010

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My oldest went with me to a craft event to make picture frames.... when i asked what his plan was i was expecting for him to grab every shark football and dino to decorate it when he said....
No mommy lets make them for my auntie n her roommates in Afganistan....
This boy was covered in pink purple and glitter and proud of it all for a bunch of Air Force girls

Lindsey - posted on 08/03/2010

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I love my children's homemade holiday ornaments. They are always my favorite to add to the tree each year.

Miranda - posted on 08/02/2010

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When my 7 year old was about 3 he made frogs out of paper clips, match boxes, food coloring, tape, and white-out.

They were cute too, I still have them.

Jeanne - posted on 08/01/2010

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My son CJ brought me home a card that he made at school. When I opened it up, it had a bunch of squiggly lines inside (he can't write just yet) and when I asked him what is said, he said to me "Oh that's your chore chart Mommy!" I was like...Gee thanks kid!! LOL

Jennifer - posted on 08/01/2010

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I just read what u had wrote. That touched my heart in a big way.
It just goes to show you that God has given her a bigger gift then being able to communicate well, after all she is doing a great job doing that with her hands and her eyes. Tell her too keep building and to share the pics with us all... Jenn

Jennifer - posted on 08/01/2010

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I got up the other day from sleeping in and my house was cleaned my by 3 boys. They did such a great job. And to top it of I had breakfast waiting for me.. Thank You my sweet sweet boys..
Love,
Mom

Christine - posted on 07/31/2010

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I have only had my son do one project so far as he is only 9 months old, but at 6 months I had him finger paint. He painted his daddy's gift wrap for his father's day presents. Then I gave him just a piece of paper and he painted a picture for my dad for father's day. It turned out really well! It looks like a multi-colored heart!

Brittany - posted on 07/29/2010

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My little brother who is autistic said I love you to me unpromtped a few years ago over the PHONE! I cried like a baby. I raised him with my mother (it was just the two of us) so I've looked at him like he's my son since I was 10 years old.

Angel - posted on 07/29/2010

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She painted styrofoam (*spell check) figurines and decorated them with beads, pipe cleaners, and eyes

Rhoda - posted on 07/28/2010

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My kids got together and out of about twelve sheets of paper, made a giant picture of a turkey...each of them colored part of it before they taped the sheets together and put it up on the wall. I thought it was quite cool!

Lea - posted on 07/23/2010

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A while ago my son started biting pieces off his sandwiches to make shapes out of his sandwich and he would make letters and vehicles and animals and pretend plays at the table. He rarely sits still to do many real crafts though.

Lizzy - posted on 07/23/2010

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My son is only 14 months old but he loves to color with crayons and play with playdough, the most surprising craft he has made is probably when we finger painted for the first time it was awesome to see him explore the colors on the paper and most surprising of all is he didn't try eating it at ALL! :)

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My year year old make dough decorations. Baked them and then painted them. We sent them to her grandparents because we live abroad. very cute

Linda - posted on 07/22/2010

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Potato jewelry! Peel potatoes & cut them into 2-inch cubes. Using wooden skewers, put the potates on the skewers to dry. I usually put 5-6 cubes per skewer. If you have a piece of styrofoam (like in a box when you get a new computer or other item), poke the skewers in that so they are standing straight up. Let the potato cubes dry until completely hard (3 or 4 days). Leaving them on the skewers, let the kids paint them w/ craft paint. After that dries, spray them w/ clear spray paint. After that is dry, carefully twist them to loosen them & slide them off the skewers. Have the kids string them w/ beads for necklaces & bracelets. I use the stretchy string so you don't have to worry so much about getting them over your head. I saw this demonstrated on a tv craft show once & the lady who made them painted hers turquoise & sponged white on them & they looked just like real turquoise jewelry! They are cool!

Eileen - posted on 07/22/2010

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Before age 5, my second child never seemed to listen or understand us. (She has since be diagnosed and treated.) She loved to work with her hands, so we gave her Legos and other building toys. She always threw away the papers with the instructions. (She didn't learn to read until age 10, anyway.) One day, I walked into her room and found about 20 Lego goats and bunnies, and a Lego bedroom suite, complete with a dresser that had working drawers. There were no patterns for these, no pictures, she just made them to suit her playing. I would love to have been able to send her to Houston for the big Lego conferences there, but we just don't have the money. At 12, she still have trouble communicating verbally, but loves her Legos.

Anna - posted on 07/17/2010

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How about I get home from work and there is a freshly painted "mural" on their wall, a wall that we just painted two weeks ago and we decorated it with our hand prints for a border. They used whatever paints they had on hand, mostly black and green and blue, and they painted a house, w trees and flowers and a sidewalk. I didn't know what to say, as they did it w my hubby's approval ( I was speechless) and their shinning eyes made any kind of protest I might have had coming, stick in my throat. It's still there, and I decided to leave it be.

Melanie - posted on 07/16/2010

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My youngest son, Robert, is seven and autistic. The other day he came out to see me and he had taken a length of fabric that I had in my fabric box. It was bright red. Then he stole one of his sisters hair ties and swung the fabric around his shoulders used the hair tie to close it and placed a Burger King crown on his head. Then into the kitchen he went and got his baby blue whisk and used it as a scepter. It may not seem like much, but it was a huge acheivment for him. He is not one for imaginitave play so that he wanted to be king for a day was amazing.

Then 2 days later he got into my makeup and painted his sisters face. So priceless. I laughed my rear end off.

Julie - posted on 07/14/2010

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My daughter Victoria who is 5 watches the sprout channel on tv, and they show how to do crafts, and she asked me if she could make me something as a suprise, so I asked her what she needed so She could make her suprise, She told me and started to make her suprise. She traced both of her hands, cut them out and connected them together, so they made a heart. She glued them to a piece of paper and wrote I ♥ U MOM! I was really suprised, that she was able to trace both of her hands and cut both of them out and glue them so they made a heart! I love her so much, needless to say I cried!

Jessica - posted on 07/14/2010

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Does it count if the 4 year old gets into his art box and then takes the school glue and his card board shapes and glues them to his fish tank and then asks (ant this so pretty mommy ant you proud of me).

Julie - posted on 07/14/2010

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it wasnt any of my kids it was my sister. she is 16 years younger than me (we share the same dad) anyway when she started school she said she had to take in something of somebodies to make a picture with at school. i had lots of costume jewellery and gave her a small bagfull. i went to collect her from school one day and she came running out to drag me back in to meet her teacher because her teacher wanted to know whose jewellery it was because there on the wall with the rest of the classes pictures was a collage of the jewellery i had given to her and it was titled JULIES JEWELLS. how proud was I of my baby sis that day. she still remembers it and she is 27 with 2 kids of her own now.

Ava - posted on 07/13/2010

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Love those thanksgiving turkeys made out of paper plates and popsicle sticks.

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Would have to be the rose my daugter made out of claydough it was really neat and i never knew she was so talented didnt last long but was neat

Herna - posted on 07/12/2010

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I have a 18 month old and when I picked her up from Daycare last week, she was able to paste different cut-out shapes of flowers, hearts and other shapes on to a large piece of construction paper. Maybe not so surprising or cool for anyone else...but it was really cool for us to see! haha...

Jennifer - posted on 07/12/2010

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Macaroni necklace! It wasn't all that surprising, but sweet none the less! I also love the creative masks created from paper plates.

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