Last week, we read and reviewed Thelma the Unicorn. Our toddler loves unicorns right now, so naturally, I decided we would make a unicorn to go with the book. I don’t know if it was my bad drawing skills or the fact that the toddler is teething and slightly cranky, but somehow the unicorn craft went very wrong!
It started out like any other craft or activity. I sat down and drew some unicorn parts. Then I cut them out and sat down the toddler to put it together. As I’ve written before, I try to offer very little guidance when it comes to gluing things down. I will keep things out of her mouth and give her parts in a certain order, but thats about it.
The assembly was a little rougher than normal. The little one wanted to lick every part and not everything I had got out got onto the paper. We got it together and I took a picture, because our little unicorn was looking gloriously hilarious.
I was certain it would look much more unicorn like with hair, but first I wanted to let it dry a bit. While it was drying, I sent the picture to a friend, who affectionally named this creature a Rhinicorn. Then Mr. Not So Crafty came home and said “that pig with a party hat is cute”. We gave it some hair and then proudly hung it up on the fridge.
This little imperfect unicorn means the world to us now. It is such a great reminder that we can not expect perfection from our little one. We should just let them grow and explore without putting limits on that wonderful natural creativity. In a Pintrest perfect world, I’d love to see more Rhinicorns!