So, what do you think about kids and crafting?
I’ve always been a bit leery. I mean, come on, how much useless junk can you have around the house post-craft? At least make something useful!
But I realize that my perspective is skewed by my personality and also, apparently, my oldest daughter’s personality. Lia’s just never been that interested in crafts. (Amelie’s not showing a strong interest, either.)
But Good Moms are supposed to do crafts with their preschool children! Glue beans to paper! Put together foam thingys! Haul coloring books everywhere!
Well, in an effort to be a Good Mom today, we did a crafty thing. We made potato prints. (Cut a potato in half, make some sort of raised design on the cut half, dip in paint, stamp on paper). I actually had a lot of fun stamping with my potato. So much fun, I’m thinking of perhaps maybe making Christmas wrapping paper with potato prints. (Don’t hold me to this, please, it was just a thought…not even a resolution.)
The girls, however, had much more fun slathering the paint on their hands and legs…it seems to soak in like lotion. Luckily I had the presence of mind to take off their clothes first. Luckily we were outside on the back patio. Luckily it was a warm day. Luckily they like playing with the hose.
And I am slightly affirmed in my original and abiding crafting question…is all the fuss to set up and clean the craft equal to the end result? If the end result is 7 and a half minutes of playing with what took me 25 minutes to clean up afterwards…no probably not.
Next time I’ll forgo the paper and the potato and just slather the children with paint and let them make paint angels on the patio.
Or we’ll stick to science experiments. Those seem more worthwhile.