For the first 2 years my answer was a resounding "Nope".
I was so burnt out by that time and had worked at the same place with some people who weren't the easiest to work with so when I left I walked out the door and never looked back.
It has only been in the last year or so that I find myself missing the kids. Not enough to make me go back to that profession, but enough for me to think longingly about some of the things I used to do with them.
I miss reading stories to them. I love children's books. I used to collect them. I have boxes and boxes of children's books sitting in storage that I will probably one day find the courage to donate somewhere.
I miss doing art with them. As the activities director it was my job to plan and execute all of the art activities. We did art every day with about 50-60 kids so that's a lot of art projects!
I used to love sitting with a group of kids at the art table, coloring and gluing and chatting about their day. Even kids that won't normally open up to you will start talking if their hands are engaged in something else and they don't have to look right at you when they are speaking. It is one of my fondest memories of my time working there.
We did a pretty good mix of art and crafts. While I felt it was important for them to be able to express their creativity with no rules or boundaries, I also found they loved to make things that resembled something(these were 5 and 6 year olds). Plus their parents really loved some of the seasonal crafts that we made and I had to make them happy too. Easter was one of my favorite crafting seasons.
I love creating things myself (as you can see from my etsy shop), but I still scour the internet for children's crafts too. I don't know why. I don't have any kids to make them with, but I just love seeing what's out there.
Today I was surfing the crafting websites and I came across this:
How cute is this? This is exactly the sort of thing I would have made with my kids, as a group project which we would have proudly displayed on the door to the daycare center when it was finished.
I found it here, along with step by step instructions on how to make it.
Anyone have a kid I can borrow so I can make this? :)
If you do decide to make it, send me a pic so I can live vicariously through you.