Isn’t this a great craft idea? Not only do children get to make something fun; they get to connect with nature in the meantime.
A few weeks ago, A.P., Maybelle and I picked up some pinecones while on a walk. I thought it would be fun to find something to do with them.
I thought wrong.
Here is how the craft is supposed to go. However, if you have the same experience I did today, it will actually go as follows:
- Instruct your children not to eat the peanut butter.
- Instruct your children again not to eat the peanut butter.
- Give up on that.
- Instruct your children not to throw birdseed at each other.
- Give up on that too.
- Call the project complete. They’re birds; they won’t know.
- Send children into bathroom to wash hands.
- Try and vacuum birdseed up before they finish washing hands or they will want to vacuum with you.
- Neglect to hear over noise of vacuum that they have filled the bathroom sink with water and are playing ‘birdbath’ in it.
- Mop up bathroom floor.
- Finish mopping and catch husband who has come home in the meantime, and is trying to sneak back out because he has seen final project and fears it is dinner for the first night of “Eat Local Challenge“.
- Swat dog down from counter who is trying to lick peanut butter off of project.
- Throw project out in backyard; let birds fend for themselves.
It really could be a great craft. Just not for my kids…