I'm NOT a fun arts and crafts mom. Gasp! Overall, I'm not a very creative person. I feel pretty good about myself if we get out Play-Doh so that let's you know the extent of my craftiness. My lack of imagination can be a challenge when trying to entertain small children who seem to love paint and glue like they love Santa Claus. What's a craft-challenged person like me to do on hot summer days when you can't go outside without the risk of a heatstroke? Just look the craft demons in the eyes and move forward.
Be patient and bring on the paint.
At the beginning of the summer, I bought paint and brushes at IKEA. I'd planned all summer to let Will have time for painting and creating, but I just never got around to it. He didn't ever let me forget that I'd put the paint and brushes on top of the refrigerator. He would ask me at least once a week, if not more, to paint. I'd usually give him an excuse or distract him with a cartoon or some pbfskids.org computer time. It's okay, you can judge me if you want. Remember when it comes to crafting, I'm not your girl.
The reason I'm such a reluctant crafter is that Will usually creates a big mess in order to create his masterpiece. I don't know why the big mess stresses me out so much. If we're being honest, it's not like my house is that clean. It's not that anything in my house is of such great value that a little paint or glue would hurt it. So, why am I so reluctant to let my boys get messy? It's because I'm going to have to clean it all up.
The solution to my anti-crafting is to be patient.
Be patient when the paint spills.
Be patient when my little guy decides to paint the table (or himself) instead of the paper.
Be patient and let him have fun.
Will's so excited he could barely sit still long enough for me to take this photo.
Just the beginning.