Thursday, February 11, 2010

Confessions of a Non-Crafty Mom

Please, oh please tell me I'm not the only one.

I HATE crafts. 

(There, I said it.)

Paint, glue, glitter (*shudder*), play-doh, moon sand...they all make me twitch.

I think it's because I am not at all creative, nor inventive, nor artsy.  In the least

Eldest?  Is kinda like me.  Could care LESS about drawing, coloring, creating. 

He had a diorama project due this week.  (Holy flashback to 1983, right?)

He had to write a report on an animal, any animal, and then create a habitat for that creature.

The report was written right away, with minimal supervision on my part.  He's actually a pretty great writer for an 8 year old boy.  (Yep, definitely like me.)

Then came the diorama part.  The two of us shopped for supplies.  I swear, it was like the blind leading the blind.  Neither of us felt inspired to come up with a masterpiece, and frankly?  I believe that CHILDREN SHOULD DO THEIR OWN WORK.  I'm so not impressed by the parents who "help" their children with projects when it's obvious that the parents did, in fact, do ALL the work.  Not my thang.

Anyway, so here's his finished product on desert snakes:
Could it be any more lame??  Yes, the tan felt is "sand".  Duh.

But that's not all!  Stay tuned for tomorrow when I discuss my contempt for school Valentine's Day cards and also how we cheated on what we did for Middle's 100-Days kindergarten project.

20 comments:

Amy said...

Ha! Well at least you can tell what it is - a snake in his habitat. Score!

I'm not crafty either. If I have time (har har) I like to try some things once in a very great while. But there is never enough time for me to enjoy trying to be crafty.

My boys BOTH like it. sigh

Amy said...

PS - I miss you!!

Classy Fab Sarah said...

I think it looks great!!!

Charlotte said...

LOL! I have to say: I was never very good at arts and crafts when I was younger either (I think my brain just wasn't wired that way and I'm pleased that my writing was always my strong suit). To this day I still remember the girl in the class who made a volcano that exploded and HELLO, we were 7 so clearly she had some "assistance." Totally unfair. I don't even remember what my project was, but it wasn't nearly as impressive. I like your son's diorama--looks good to me :)

Josyan said...

If it helps... You're not alone. :)

Pam said...

I can totally relate. I'm not a crafty or creative person and dreaded when my girls had these types of projects. And I have to confess, I was secretly relieved when my youngest was out of elementary school and we didn't have do thost infernal Valentine's cards anymore. Oh and don't get me started on book orders!

Brigid said...

An hour of the kids making Valentine's for their teachers yesterday made me stabby. I dabble in crafts just enough to collect a ton of supplies and then never use them.

Nap Warden said...

Right there with you...craft hatin' all the way:P

Deb said...

I'm reasonably crafy, and I'm eyeing that diorama and thinking, "Looks good to me!" Because, like you, I think kids should do their own work, and that is clearly the work of a smart, straightforward-thinking kid. Good job raising that one.

countryfriedmama said...

First, his diorama is great. Good for him for not turning in his mom's work.

And second, I decided last night to junk my time-consuming crafty idea for school valentine's day cards and buy the boxed kind I had as a kid.

I WILL NOT STRESS MYSELF OUT OVER VALENTINE'S DAY. (Until my children come home with homemade valentine's and goodie bags tomorrow, made -- of course -- by their classmates' parents.)

Suburb Sierra said...

Kids score points if you can tell what it is so in my book, that's an A+. My son's art projects usually involve black and no real chance at figuring it out.

And I think I let the F bomb slip last night doing the Valentine's for the kids schools. Hate it. Hate it. Hate it. (Valentine's Day, not the F Bomb)

Jen said...

I hate crafts!

Petit Elefant said...

Well, I love crafts but I still have a soft spot in my heart for you.

{wink}

carma said...

I'm very artsy, but not so much into crafts. It's 2D all the way for me. Good job with the felt ;-)

Jenn@ The Crazies said...

Trev had the same project and he chose Lions. He wrote it all by himself but Steve did help him with the habitat. A little. it still looked like he did it though! Dont hate us LOL

Maureen said...

Agreed! I hate it when those types of home projects are assigned. Ridiculous.

B's Mom said...

I am so not artsy or crafty. I get stressed my son has projects that involve these skills. Luckily, he enjoys making his own projects, without my help (I think he knows how they would turn out!). I bought store bought cards, and store bought candy for his valentine party.

Angry Julie Monday said...

I'm totally non-crafty either. I see all these great crafts on the net, and think, wow, I wish I could do that.

Mel said...

I'm SOOO not crafty but I start lots of crafts in hopes that it will just kick in one day!

Unknown Mami said...

You are not alone.

I will argue that you are creative and inventive, it is apparent just from your blog. You might not be crafty, but you are most definitely creative.

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