Thursday, October 25, 2012

How I Found Time to Read my Novel While the Kids Did Self-Portraits

The other day I was dying to read my book.  I hardly ever get to read while the kids are awake, but I was reading Gone Girl: A Novel, and I couldn't put it down.  So, when my daughter asked if she could do a "project" I knew I wanted to come up with something that would keep her busy for awhile so I could sneak in a few pages (Does that make me a bad Mom?  Too bad!  Haha)

So, I got out the long butcher paper (Spectra ArtKraft Duo-Finish 67004 Spectra Artkraft Duo-Finish Heavyweight Paper, 48" x 200-ft. roll, White) and I taped two long pieces to our kitchen floor.  I told the kids to lay down, and I traced them.

Then we started adding stuff.  I helped her draw a dress for her self-portrait.  Then she started adding the flowers to the dress and I have to say, that the more we drew, the more things she came up with to add.  By the end, her imagination really took over.  On her self-portrait, she drew:
  • A face
  • Hair
  • A dress with flowers
  • A necklace
  • A purse
  • She traced herself holding her favorite doll
  • A "friendly ghost"
  • The sun
  • Shoes and socks
  • The carpet she was standing on
  • A grasshopper on her head (long story.  We had pet grasshoppers this summer)
craft project for kids

Even Little Buddy had fun on his, although I did most of the work while he coached me.  
The good news is that, after the project was over, they scampered off and played by themselves for thirty minutes, and then I finally got to read my book in peace!  It really is amazing how willing they are to play alone after we do a project.  They finally get the "Mommy" time they crave and they feel fulfilled, leaving me time for dishes, laundry, and more importantly, novels!  For more ideas on how to get more free time by providing your kids with challenging projects, check out my new book!  I teamed up with Susan Case, a former Kindergarten Teacher, and we provide you with hundreds of ways to keep your kids busy, but in productive ways, so that they are learning while you get your precious free time!

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  1. Great idea! this will definitely be one of my projects with our little one soon :)

    Spanish Pinay

  2. This is so cute! Love it! Glad you had a chance to read something besides Strawberry Shortcake.

  3. I've been wanting to do that with my kids for a while now -- love that you got to get some reading in that way!