Sunday, March 16, 2014

A Pinterest-type Craft Even a Frantic Mama Can Do: Tadpoles and Lilypads

So many things make moms feel guilty.  Not playing outside with our kids enough, not taking our kids to every museum possible, not following the less-than -1- hour-of-t.v.-a-day rule, and, perhaps the newest one thanks to Pinterest:  not doing educational homemade crafts with our kids every other minute.

In Minnesota, we had a record number of below zero temperatures this winter, which means I had a record number of days trapped inside the house with a 3 year old and a 1 year old.  You know it's bad when even the kids are sick of watching t.v.  The guilt consumed me, and I figured: I guess I need to come up with some sort of friggin' project.

So here it goes-- my real first attempt at creating a Pinterest-like craft for my kids.  It is a game that I found in the adorable High Five magazine that my son never reads.

Tadpoles and Lilypads Game:

1.  First, you need to put some uncooked rice in a couple of plastic lunch bags.  Secure the rice in a little ball at the end with a rubber band.

2.  Scavenge for some leftover green tissue paper from your basement Christmas stash, and place it over the plastic bag.  Use a rubber band to secure.

3.  Draw a happy face on the ball end.  Now you have happy tadpoles.

4.  Warning: You will roll your eyes at this part, but here it goes:  Get out the finger paints.  Gah!  There, I said it.  Have your kid glop some finger paint on a few paper plates.  I let my son use different colors; we call them "tricked out lilypads."  (See?  So educational!).

5.  Let the plates dry (while struggling to distract your kids so they don't get paint everywhere).

6.  Now you have a cute little toss game!

To play:  Take turns tossing the tadpoles onto the paper plate lilypads.  With older kids, you can add numbers to the paper plates and keep score.  Or, just let your kid throw the tadpoles a couple times before he moves on to Hot Wheels again, like mine.

Whew!  We did it!  A real, bonafide craft.

I felt like a really good parent [for 10 minutes], and now you can too!  :)

Do you have any similar (i.e. easy/do-able crafts/games) you would like to share?  Please do!

~Frantic Mama

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