One of the perks of never doing crafts with my kids was that, because they didn’t know how to do crafts, they didn’t make ginormous messes unless I planned on them. But now that they’ve been exposed to more crafting, I can’t keep them out of the scotch tape. Or the paper supply. And since their crafting doesn’t require me, I’m content to let them go. Sort of.
Today they found a book of crafts about ancient Egypt. And I took a nap. This is a recipe for disaster. Here’s what greeted me when I emerged from my bed.
They had taken off their shirts so they could “be Egyptians.” (Notice that Ian still has the stickers on his chest from the heart monitor during his EEG. He won’t let us take them off. I figure they have to fall off at some point, right?) At some point in the afternoon, they wanted me to give them my eye make-up so they could be like a pharaoh. I said no. So they went and rolled around in the dirt outside for reasons unknown. And then they came and curled up on my couch. And left their mark.
They made paper pyramids on a “diorama” of Egypt, complete with the River Nile.
And this was the scene in the living area.
There were scraps of paper, scissors, pieces of tape, crayons, and books all over the floor. I decided to let them keep playing while I made dinner. And they did. Sam’s imagination and creativity ran away with him. Pretty soon he added a pharaoh hat (taped to his head with packing tape because they used all the scotch tape), a scroll of “proverbs,” and a whip (hold me).
His “proverbs” cracked me up. I quote:
trust in God
obay Gods word
shar adn char (share and care)
onr your fothr and your muthr (honor your father and mother)
dit sen (don’t sin)
Eventually we put a stop to the crafting (and the use of whips and sticks) and had them pick up the playroom and vacuum the couch.
The mess makes me crazy, but I love watching what their little brains and fingers come up with to do. So, while we’re going to work on picking up a little better in between crafts, we’re going to encourage the creativity. And I’m going to hide the packing tape. Pray for me.