Pinterest in Real Life - Pinterest projects don’t always go as planned. Often the end result doesn’t look like the perfect pictures you see, but it’s not about how it looks. The important thing is that you’re exposing your kids to new shared experiences. It doesn’t have to be Pinterest perfect to be fun or playful.
We had a cousin play date this weekend. It was long overdue. My kids hadn’t seen their 11 year old cousin in months. The children all enjoy hanging out together and they have a wonderful time playing but sometimes they can get a little bit rowdy.
I decided to try to set the kids up with a project when it got to be too chaotic or loud to help calm everything down. I've seen a lot of cute owl crafts on Pinterest lately, especially now that it’s autumn, and I decided that I wanted to do this paper plate one from play.create.grow.
As predicted, things got loud and crazy. I decided to start them on the project and see what happened. All it required was a paper plate, a stapler and some art supplies, which we always have out anyway. I folded and stapled the paper plates for them, then I set them all up at a table and had them each decorate their owl the way they wanted to. I cut out the eyes, beak and feet for my son. For my daughter, I drew them on the colored paper she wanted, but she cut them out. For my niece, I just handed her the colored paper that she wanted to use for her beak and feet. Then she drew it and cut it out herself.
Here are all of their owls, so cute!!
Isn't it interesting how the same project changes the older the kids get? Working on the project only lasted maybe 10 to 20 minutes but it was really calming for everyone. It was also a great help to transition them while we prepped for going to the park.
Have you ever used a project to calm your kids down or to help with a transition?