Tuesday, November 13, 2012

That is the strangest craft I've ever seen

I see a lot of themed art and crafts on Pinterest and I do generally think that's the best kind, but last weekend we made something genuinely unique (and by that I mean bizarre) and we had a lot of fun.  Here's how it happened: It was raining, and it was cold, steady rain, the kind that is sure to last all day.  We knew that Daddy would be gone all day so it was a series of musical rooms while I tried to entertain the kids all day long inside the house.

At one point, I decided to make sheep out of paper plates and cotton balls.  We've done this before, so the kids were familiar.  However, the sheep soon turned into something entirely strange.  First Little Buddy starting glueing eyes to the cotton balls.  

Then Big Sis saw what he was doing and thought she would join in.  Pretty soon, we weren't making sheep at all and they kept asking for me to get out new things for them to glue on.  Honestly, there is a time in my life that I probably would have said, "No, we're supposed to be making sheep.  You only need two eyeballs for sheep."

However, in my old age, I have a totally different philosophy.  Now, I figure if it keeps them busy and they are being creative, I get the heck out of the way so that I can keep doing dishes!  Haha

This really did keep them busy for about 30 minutes, maybe a little bit longer.  As usual, once this was done, they scampered off to do some imaginary play by themselves for awhile, which is the real beauty of these projects.  

For more ideas on projects and games to keep your kids busy, please check out my new book, The Happy Mommy Handbook: The Ultimate How-to Guide on Keeping Your Toddlers and Preschoolers Busy, Out of Trouble and Motivated to Learn.  It is packed full of information about keeping kids busy, but in productive ways, so that they still have the opportunity to learn while you are stuck doing the dishes!  Here is one of the reviews from Amazon:

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This is truly a fantastic book! I was shocked at how many activities the authors came up with - many of which didn't even require a trip to the store for supplies! The Mom who wrote this has great stories & the Teacher has valuable experiences...it's a perfect blend of unique insight. Fun (inexpensive) activities that keep my 2 kids away from the TV, what more can you ask for?!?!? This book is really helping me become a better Mom - Thank you!

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  1. totally agree with you, let them be creative in their own fun way!I must say, it looks like they had a great time with the glue!:)

  2. Yay! Letting them lead the process is fantastic!

  3. Oh my gosh, that made me laugh out loud!! Love it!!

  4. LOL -- looks like something mine would do! They love to just glue random items to stuff....I need to let them do it more often!