One thing I am known for is my lack of creative crafts with the kids. I have long used the excuse they are still too young for crafts or crafts are too messy for indoors. But these are all just that, excuses. They are only hindering my children because I am being selfish so this year I vowed I would attempt to do more creative crafts with my two tots. Even if it’s just coloring in a coloring book more or buying some washable paint and paint a box for the fun of it.
It’s also no secret how crappy the weather has been lately and with sniffles in our household at an all time high we have been snuggled in one too many dark, cold days hibernating. I am dying for spring to arrive and get back to park hopping, bike riding and playing in our back yard.
Buba has long been obsessed with Disney Cars movies and figures. You can often hear him muttering Lighting McQueen in his sleep these days. So as I was gathering unwanted brown paper packing in the garage the other day and a thought came to me. Why throw all this out? Then I thought well I made a promise to the kids and a promise is a promise. I was smart enough to vow my new year’s resolution of craft time out loud to them. You can always count on toddlers to never forget it, just in case you do! I went to pull out the crayon box so they both could just color and draw to their hearts content on the brown paper but I saw the black sharpie first. ” ding, the light bulb went on!”
I decided my son needed his very own Radiator Springs to drive his cars on. It only took me about two minutes to quickly draw out each building and Buba was sat right next to me, cheering me on. He told me which building were called what and where they went, clearly having seen the movie one two many gazillion times.
Oh the hours he continued to play with his new town for his cars. I can’t believe I never got the sharpie out before this. It’s been the best bargaining tool all week when I want him to do something and he is being less than willing to do.
Missy Moo was puzzled why Mommy was drawing on brown paper out of the recycling bin but it was great paper to draw on and roll up to store for playing later. I have tons of this packing paper from products I have reviewed or things I order off the internet, why not recycle it, and get our craft on too. Missy Moo eventually joined in racing cars up and down the main street of Radiator Springs. Buba was quick to tell her what she was supposed to be doing and where each car was supposed to live! It was so funny to listen to them.
It was just a boring, gloomy day and you should have seen Buba’s face when he saw what I was doing. I was his hero for a moment, now that’s priceless. That is enough to motivate me to do more creative and fun crafts with my kids now. I hope it will become part of our ordinary moments where we think outside the box with the things we have around the house. I will never be one with tubs full of actual crafts supplies but drawing on paper, coloring or even cutting up a box or two are all great starter crafts for us with minimal mess which is my kind of crafts!