Pinterest in Real Life: Paper Swirl Globe

Every morning for the past couple of weeks, it’s been the same thing. My son wakes up as soon as sunshine hits the horizon. And he’s ready to PLAY. So what does he do? Goes into his sleeping cranky older sister’s room, and tries to get her up.

She’s cranky and pouting.

He’s cranky and sad.

And I’m cranky, trying to mediate with no coffee in my system.

Not cool.

Needless to say, it doesn’t end well for any of us.

We recently moved, and there’s been a lot of transitions. My kids have been troopers but transitions are hard.

With all these changes, I thought it would be good for my son if he and I had some special time in the morning to do some fun activities together. That way, he’d let his sister sleep in and she’d be more likely to play with him later. Plus I can plan for coffee.

On the first morning, we go to my favorite place for inspiration - Pinterest. I knew we had construction paper available, so I looked up projects with that. He looked through and picked one. I figured I was up for the challenge.  He decided on this awesome and super complicated looking ball made out of paper.

Aren't they cool?

Aren't they cool?

It looks like it's super complicated. Honestly, it wasn’t bad. However, let me be clear.

This was not a mommy & son working together project.

This was a mommy printing, tracing and copying, while son watched kind of project.

Here’s how it really went down...

  • We watched the video of someone putting it together

  • I printed and cut out the template.

  • He picked out the colors of paper (blue and white - his favorites right now)

  • We needed 10 strips, I traced 8, he traced two.

  • I cut out all the strips.

  • I put the ball together.

Once he saw it all together, he took it into his hands and immediately crushed it. This is what it looked like.

Seriously, I didn't even have time to capture a picture of all my hard work!!

Seriously, I didn't even have time to capture a picture of all my hard work!!

 

We knew that the construction paper we had wasn’t ideal, so later on, we went to get some sturdier construction paper, and remade the ball. As in,

  • I cut out the template.

  • He picked out the colors of paper (blue and white - again)

  • We needed 10 strips, I traced all 10.

  • I cut out all the strips.

  • I put the ball together.

And he loved it!

The finished product - this time, I got a picture!

The finished product - this time, I got a picture!

The Social Connection

While it wasn’t exactly a project we both did together, we did get a chance to sit and talk and connect. There have been a lot of changes and this gave us a chance to spend some quiet time together just the two of us. Even if I’m the one doing most of the creating.

I wonder what he’ll choose tomorrow :-)

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