Oh Pinterest! I love you, but I hate you, too. Your recipes are mostly conglomerations of canned/boxed/processed ingredients dumped together to make “the best thing ever.” Your fashion advise is questionable at best. Your memes used to be second to none, but they are lacking of late. Your ideas for creative shit to do with my kids, though? AWESOME! Left to my own devices I’d never have come up with all of these activities. The kids love them, and the Dollar Tree is raking in the dough now that I have talked G into giving me an “educational supplies” budget. Which is mostly spent on baking soda, vinegar and crap from the dollar store.
Our first forray into Pinterest inspired mayhem was “Snow Paint.” Don’t let the name deceive you, this is not paint. It is shaving cream and white glue (equal parts). It does dry puffy.
The idea was to paint paper snowflakes with the snow paint, then tape them to our picture window. We ended up with four snowflakes taped to the window.
Somewhere along the way, I decided “Hey, let’s give two two-year old’s glitter!” because Am.Dumb.
The reality of snow paint and glitter with toddlers.
Next, we decided to do a baking soda and vinegar experiment. But, I didn’t get all fancy with it. Just bowls of each element for each kid. Obviously, any time they can make a mess and create a fizz, it’s a good time.
The boy even made it a real experiment by making it “rain” into his “science.”
She is skeptical as to whether or not this counts as “experimenting.”
Let’s see, also, we made Mardi Gras crowns (while listening to zydeco music, which Lil Miss loved).
The cuteness is too much!
Please ignore the janky dishwasher, being held together by packing tape. It does a fine job washing the dishes, but the metal piece that covers the front part got dented and now falls out anytime the door is opened. So, I took it off.
I promise everyone is wearing underwear, their t shirts are just too long to see them. Also, we don’t wear pants.
One day when it was just me and Lil G I actually did a full on “invitation” and everything for the baking soda and vinegar game.
He had more fun mixing the colors with the syringes. How sad is it that I had 5 extra medicine syringes, and only one kid…
You know how sensory bins are a huge thing now? Yeah, I didn’t either, but Pinterest informed me otherwise… I went shopping for my first sensory bin on Valentines Day, thinking I’d get cheap Valentine’s stuff. No. The Dollar Tree had that shit cleared out and the green was in full effect. So, we have a St. Patty’s tub. Because they are two and have no idea.
My mom’s friend said “So, a sensory tub is just a box full of random stuff?” Yes, sometimes it is…
Lil Miss played with it for an hour. She doesn’t do anything other than sleep for more than five minutes at a time.
The boy, on the other hand, lost interest after about 20 minutes.
The most recent activity was another bin. But, this time it smelled good and had dinosaurs buried in it. Lil G still lost interest after about 40 minutes. Ladybug would have played in it all day if we didn’t stop to Skype with Nana.
Even Big C liked this one. I wish Pinterest had been around when he was little.
A real smile on a nine year old boy?!
As you can see, this is not an activity for those who like clean…
So, that’s what we do during the day… I have tons more ideas to try based on stuff I found on actually creative mommy’s blogs! I even “lesson planned” next week. This whole “having fun with the kids” thing is getting out of hand 🙂