Christmas Ball Handprint Ornament
Since his first Christmas, in 2014, I have been wanting to do a Christmas ball handprint ornament with Elijah. Of course, doing “normal” activities can sometimes be a tedious task over here in China. I probably should have just asked my mother-in-law to send us a kit, but I soon figured out that Eli hates having his handprint taken. For that reason, I didn’t even bother trying it last year. This year I assumed it was a lost cause again, but when we received our Christmas Boxes in the mail I was excited to see if I could convince Eli to let me paint his hands. Actually, the painting part isn’t actually the worst part. It’s the moments that follow the painting that are frustrating. He glances down at the paint, then closes his hand into a tight fist and looks at me in confusion/ horror. Who knew a little boy could hate his hands dirty as much as he does? I certainly didn’t expect this from a boy!
Nevertheless, I wanted to do this – I was determined! I set up a movie on our iPad, got some yummy snacks, and all of the supplies I would need. I made sure that I was armed with tons of wet wipes, because there was a good chance that paint was going to end up everywhere. As I expected, Eli protested once the paint touched his skin, but I was finally able to get him to relax and grab the Christmas ball in his hand.
This was how my mother-in-law sent the kit to us…
“Christmas Project! Good luck painting Eli’s hands!!! haha” –> She knows!
This year I was lucky enough to get TWO handprint crafts done for the tree! It would have been nice to have a different one each year, but OH WELL, we’ve got to take what they will give us! Here is a vlog on the other handprint craft that Elijah and I did at playtime (and then again at home): Handprint Drama.