Life is full of celebrations. One of our favorite is our children’s birthday. Birthday traditions include parties, birthday candles, cakes, gifts, and in our home, marking the growth chart with the date and age of the child. (When they are very young, we do it more frequently.)
We have a simple fingerplay to accompany the tradition.
How Tall I Am
I used to be so tiny, so very, very small.
(hold hands a few inches apart palms inward)
But now I’ve grown to be, oh so strong and tall.
(point one index finger to the floor and the other to the ceiling)
I jump and run and play as often as I can.
(clap on the words “run” “jump” & “play”)
Now see me stand still and straight to see how tall I am.
(with arms to the side step back to the growth chart to be measured)
As the earth awakens in the Springtime and new growth appears, it is a fitting time to make your own little one a growth chart of their own.
Making a growth chart is easy with the following supplies.
Felt, at least 46″ x 9″
String or ribbon
Cut a light-colored strip of felt 46 inches long by 9 inches wide.
Measuring from the bottom of the felt, begin at 20 inches, using a Sharpie pen (markers tend to bleed) to mark one inch increments with a 1/2 inch line and foot increment with a 1 inch line, up to 5 feet. If you wish, you may embroider over your markings with embroidery floss.
Now there should be four inches to decorate the top of the growth chart, leaving two inches to sew over the dowel rod. I used both needle felting and embroidery for the decoration. Along the side there will be plenty of room to put 3-inch felt letters to spell the name of the one who will receive this sweet gift.
Cut the dowel rod at 11 inches and sand the ends smooth.
Turn the chart over and at the top, loop the felt over the dowel rod and stitch it securely, then tie a string or ribbon at either end.
Measuring the height of the wall compared with the height of the chart, hang the chart.
May you enjoy watching your children grow, cherishing the days as they grow before your eyes.
Lynn Nash blogs about her own growing children, their crafts and adventures at How the Sun Rose.