I'm on Pinterest. I know it can be a time-sucker for some people, but I have to admit that it's really great for me! I'm not addicted (yet) and I have gotten some really wonderful inspiration for home ideas, kid's activities, and recipes. I've completed quite a few "pins," but my favorite part is when things are slow around here and the kids are begging for an activity I use Pinterest as my resource.
Last week, I mixed glue and shaving cream with food coloring. They had SO much fun, though their hands were stained for a day!
Another day, I put a lot of glue on big piece of paper and suggested they write letters/spell words with some beans. They wound up smearing the glue everywhere, and getting the beans nice and sticky. Then, Luke learned that when glue dries on your hands it gets sort of peely, and he didn't like that!
This day we brought out our aroma dough (GF play-doh). I found some pages that I could laminate and then use the mats to fill in the pieces that are missing (like a face without eyes, nose, or mouth- like in Beth's photo) and Beth really loved these mats. Luke is still trying to perfect rolling his dough out into a snake! And surprisingly, it only took one bite of aroma dough for Jack to realize he'd rather play with it than eat it!
On a similar subject of messy activities, I was talking to a friend the other day about learning how to be a mom of boys. We both had girls first and boys to follow, and we talked to each other about how it's just been so different! Our boys are both drawn to the outdoors, mud and dirt (Luke actually calls it "the muck and mire"), swings and monkey bars, sticks, trash and gross things. Beth likes those things too, don't get me wrong, but as a three-year-old she was perfectly content to sit inside and play dolls or color a page from her book. "Sit" is not in Luke's vocabulary! So my friend and I were talking about these differences, and how we're trying to change our ways of thinking. One of my favorite books I've read about it is called Boys Will Be Boys, and it's about encouraging them and fostering their male-ness. It's helped me understand how I can serve their natural needs better! I'm also about to read How Do You Tuck in a Superhero, as I'm going to the author's day-long retreat in a couple of weeks, but I've heard this is more of a humor book about raising boys. Maybe I can prepare myself for what's to come! I'm trying to plan more hands-on messy activities, and trying to get them outside to play more, though it's been hard with all of the rain! I'm also watching Luke interact with other boys, gently encouraging him to play fairly, use his words, but also to stand up for himself. He's really growing up so much!