Crazed In the Kitchen: Pinterest + Preschoolers = PAIN   

Friday, February 15, 2013

Pinterest + Preschoolers = PAIN

Well, I may be the last on earth to do it, but I was finally hit by the Pinterest Plague. I bit the bullet a week ago and signed up. And now? Now, I have plans.

Big Plans.

Home decorating plans. Cleaning-my-house plans. Making-darling-and-incredibly-thoughtful-Valentines-Day-crafts-for-my-husband plans.

Lots and lots and lots and lots of plans.

For now I’m still in the research phase of most of these plans. It could take weeks, months, even YEARS for me to gather the necessary photos, infographics, and how-to lists needed in order to effectively put these plans in motion. That’s ok. I don’t have a lot of time to distress and paint old wooden frames at this point anyway.

But I did find one thing on Pinterest that I decided to try right away: an incredibly cute, easy Valentine’s Day craft for kids. Here’s the photo I found and the link to the website:
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So cute and easy, right? My four-year-old son had a playdate with his best little girl friend coming up, so I decided to take on my first Pinterest Parenting moment and bust out this craft for them.

Well, as I should have expected, things did not go exactly as planned.

I got the kids started, and they were very excited. For about 30 seconds. Then, some things started happening.

First, they asked for other art supplies—markers, stickers, ribbons, stuff like that. Stuff that was NOT mentioned on Pinterest when I found this activity. I had misgivings—WE WERE DOING A PINTEREST CRAFT, not improvising some random art project like preschool hippies!! But I don’t like tempering a child’s natural creativity in general, so I went with it.

Next, they started experimenting. My son became fascinated with a glob of glue from his glue stick and began poking at it. Then he scribbled on it with a marker, yelling, “I’m dying it!! I’m dying the glue!” Then he used the marker to draw on his hair. Again.

Of course, distractions were inevitable. I’m not sure how jumping up and down, flapping one’s arms and shouting, “Look! Look at me! I’m flying! LOOK AT ME!!!” is part of anyone’s artistic process, but there was my son doing just that. His friend was unfazed and, after watching his antics for a minute or two, went back to using her rebel art supplies to do non-Pinterest-endorsed activities like coloring on top of stickers.

Finally, they finished their Valentines. Here are the results:
My son's valentine
His friend's valentine
Um, yeah. This would be MY valentine. Mommy, FTW!

At this point, my son’s friend became inspired and hid herself away in another room to make a “secret valentine.” When she emerged, she handed my son this:
awwwww....
Well, my little guy thought this whole secret valentine thing was a great idea, so he hid HIMSELF away in the other room to make one for her. When he emerged, he gave her this:
ummmmmm...
Apparently, my son’s “POOP” valentine somehow reminded the kids that playing with underpants is always a fun game, so they moved on from art supplies to that. To my son, the Underpants Game just means wearing underpants on your head and body and throwing them around the house. Like this:
He takes after his father.
So he wasn’t quite sure how to respond to his girl friend’s suggestion that they use the underpants for a more practical, organized activity: to make a treasure trail (duh). So then I found this in our bathroom:
I love how they are evenly spaced.
There’s really nowhere to go but down after fun like that, is there? Thankfully, my friend showed up to claim her daughter right about then, so we’ll never know what might have happened next.

10 comments:

  1. poop! haha. i like that kid. so funny (and your craft is just so purty!) :)

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    1. Aw, thanks. We hung BOTH hearts on the front door, but deep down inside, I know which one is more Pinterest-y.

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  2. This made me laugh out loud to the point that both girls wanted to come over and check it out. I scrolled past "POOP" quickly since Mad's able to read a little bit. I feel like I dodged a major bullet there!

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  3. Lol. This potty talk stage is NEVER ENDING. And it's getting really old, really quickly.

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  4. Funny about the poop. Those are so cute though! You should frame them, and hang them;)

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  5. His Valentine is hilarious! I just love that age!

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  6. Haha, I love the poop valentine! I swear, the projects on Pinterest never turn out as pretty when I do them! Sounds like you had a fun time with your family :)

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  7. Clearly, your son is a budding artist. All genius's have a complex creative process that is difficult for us mere mortals to understand!
    I love the pics!

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  8. I absolutely LOVE that your son came up with the underpants treasure trail. Totally cool -- and what a memory to share again when he graduates high school. :)

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