Tuesday, March 20, 2007

See, Momma CAN (Let You) Be Creative!

First off, let me state that my words probably won't do this post justice. I desperately needed a digital camera to illustrate what I'm about to describe. (I know I'm beating a dead horse [why is it called that anyway?--why not some other animal? something you really would like to see dead--a dead snake? a dead spider? a dead cockroach?]--about not having a digital camera. Hopefully this weekend I can take the plunge.)

My boyz LOVE crafts. But I HATE crafts. I'm just not creative. I hate play-doh, I hate markers, I hate glue, tape, scissors, construction paper...you name it. If its messy artsy, I hate it. And yes, I realize I may be stifling the creative juices of my boyz, but damn, have you ever tried to clean stepped-on play-doh off the carpet? And with 2 years of preschool for each of them, I'm CERTAIN they'll partake in a plethora of crafting. Without me having to do the clean-up. And hey, I play games, I read books, I sing and I dance. There are LOTS of ways to be creative. Just keep that damn glue stick and those childproof scissors away from me.

So yesterday, in a fit of desperation hands-on parenting, I unrolled a long sheaf of white paper and taped it down to cover our entire dining room table, hauled out the (washable and non-toxic, of course) markers and crayons, and let the boyz go to town. Plus, I had gotten the idea through a parent tip in one of my magazine subscriptions to turn a Mega-block upside down and use it as a crayon/marker holder at the table. Great idea! Each boy had their own "holder" which prevented the typical myriad of scuffles that accompany any sort of task that involves the 3 of them together.

Here's what they came up with:

Eldest--proceeded, in his Rainmain-like style, to write down (after asking me to spell) the names of every single person he has ever met in the entire universe (Really.), so his side of the table was lists upon lists of names.

Middle--drew lots of (2-year old looking) "circles" after experimenting with coloring his own hands and learned how to make a "T" (for his name), but would only use the GREEN MARKER. Nothing else was acceptable and there was NO WAY he was going to share that damn GREEN MARKER.

Baby--put the marker in his mouth and tried to bit the tip off, colored all over his hands, colored the underside of the table, and proceeded to piss Middle off by having the audacity to lean all the way over to Middle's "side" to try to ruin Middle's artwork.

Anyway, that activity killed took about 2 hours In the Trenches. And was quite enjoyable, I must grudgingly admit. So baby steps here....I may just do "crafting" with them more often. But I'm certainly not busting out the (putrid) Floam quite yet!

9 comments:

hqm said...

Funny! We are crafters...but, I hate the clean up as well! I can't wait for Spring to arrive to take the mess outside!

The Queen of Shake-Shake said...

I hate crafts too. The boys have been begging for Floam and I've been worming my way out of it. ha!

tulipmom said...

Anything that can keep 'em busy for 2 whole hours is a good thing! We love our crafts but that FLOAM is just nasty!

SuburbanOblivion said...

2 hours???? Insane. I gave both the boys play-doh so I could try to make dinner and within 2 1/2 minutes Brendan was squishing the colors together and Damian was eating it.

Jennifer said...

Hate crafts!?! Yeah, me too.

I don't know what floam is, I'm off to google it...

Kelly said...

Oh my God. I'd kill for a way to 'kill' two hours. Though my littlest still needs to eat everything, so any art project would be instantly stymied by her consumption of crayons.

For now, all art is done during baby's nap-time!

ed's girl said...

Floam sucks! course that's just the mood i'm in :) I got 3 tubs of floam and cleaned a soup can to cover it as a pencil holder (like shown on box)---it all slides off! so whatever! it was fun for the kids to mush around but made me mad. Crafts--hate em--but luckily i live in Florida so we do ALL crafts outside--including bathing suits, blow-up pools,everything must be washable before you re-enter my house--they can paint trees out there,use chalk on anything they want (b/c it washes off), bubbles galore, and eat popsicles (b/c i am too anal to let them even do that cuz i hate sticky--they kill hours out there and it all washes off,even themselves--i seriously wouldn't be able to parent w/o my fenced in back yard!

Hannah Lane said...

Oh my god I laughed so hard. First of all you sound like my sister especially with the play-doh!!! And my daughter has also discovered the joy of spelling!!! I hear you with that one.

sisters with style said...

Word to the wise, stay far far away from floam. Trust me I learned the hard way.

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