Magic Marker Monday — Paper Snowflakes… — 5 Minutes for Special Needs

Magic Marker Monday — Paper Snowflakes…

by Michelle



It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

~Pablo Picasso

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Sometimes childhood art isn’t about being clever or talented or crafty. Sometimes it’s just about inspiring imagination.

It can be as simple as pointing out a paper snowflake pattern and saying, “That one!” Followed by, “String it over there!”

Our family tradition of hanging paper snowflakes actually started as a cleverly disguised physical therapy opportunity. Back when my now 8-year-old was a baby with severe torticollis caused by a lymphatic malformation.

The twirling snowflakes that I strung around her nursery encouraged her to turn her head to watch them, helping to stretch and re-train muscles.

The physical therapy is over, but her love of paper snowflakes at Christmas time remains.

So tell me, what has caught your child’s imagination this week?


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Michelle is a stay-at-home mom, wife to her wonderful husband, and mother of their two adorable and much-loved children. Through her blog, In The Life of a Child, Michelle has grown a passion for supporting families who are parenting children through extreme medical challenges. Her oldest child was born with a rare birth defect known as a lymphatic malformation and was also diagnosed with cyclic vomiting syndrome. Michelle and her husband share a common goal as parents: To treasure every moment and raise their children to be extraordinary individuals.

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1 Chaney November 28, 2010 at 8:13 pm

love the snowflakes…
My little girl loves looking at the Christmas lights and I am rigging them so that she is able to turn them on and off via a switch this year!

2 Michelle November 28, 2010 at 8:42 pm

What a great idea! My kiddos are in love with Christmas lights too. We may have to try bringing back our Christmas light switch. Two years ago our youngest was two and wouldn’t leave the switch alone. Felt like we had a Christmas Disco thing going on 😀


3 Vanessa November 28, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Another great idea – thanks for the reminder and site to find a pattern.

4 Michelle November 29, 2010 at 12:15 am

Love Logan’s spider, Vanessa! He did a wonderful job!

~Michelle @ 5MFSN

5 SoCoMom4James November 30, 2010 at 4:50 pm

How beautiful! We are all about writing and using pens, pencils, and paintbrushes lately.

6 Michelle December 5, 2010 at 5:47 pm

James makes a wonderful impressionist — lovely work!


7 Cheryl December 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm

I love your snowflakes and put a link to your site.
I hope that is ok.
Happy Holidays!

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