Saturday, 29 June 2013

Mistakes made by a Crafty Mama

Mistakes made by a crafty mama

Sometimes things don't go to plan and sometimes I do really STUPID things. Here are just a few of my mistakes when doing art and craft with the kids.....

Mistakes made by a crafty mama
Oh yes that piece of styrofoam is nailed to the table! I kinda forgot to compare the size of the nail to the height of the styrofoam..... a simple and crucial error. BTW no kid was hurt during this activity although I can't say the same for the table.
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Mistakes made by a crafty mama
My smile visibly faded during this project. I thought that giving the kids shredded paper to add to their paintings was a brilliant idea. It was a TERRIBLE idea. That stuff goes EVERYWHERE. I am pretty OK with mess as evidenced here but this was something else entirely. To clean up I popped the kids in front of the tv and swept for 45 minutes. Totally not worth the 15 minute painting activity.
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Mistakes made by a crafty mama
Seriously... how did I think it was a good idea to give my kids a spray bottle full of watered down red paint INSIDE the house? Somehow I did, they loved it and I nervously jumped from one foot to the other watching a mist of bright red paint settle on my furniture. Strangely I have also let them craft with copious quantities of glitter INSIDE the house.... I think I see a pattern, I may need help!
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Mistakes made by a crafty mama
Big-time whoops! Science experiments with white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda are all good but don't do it on the lawn. It kills lawn. Poor, poor Chris who spends so much time tending the lawn and garden... I am sorry.
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Mistakes made by a crafty mama
Can't I just leave a good thing alone? Cakey and I were very happily drawing peg people and popping them into slots in a Corn Flakes box boat. I decided to draw vomit of my peg person. I thought it was funny. Cakey DID NOT think it was funny at all.... and that ended that activity.
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Mistakes made by a crafty mama
Ahhh, take your eyes off the small child with a large tub of fluorescent pink paint at hand and this WILL happen. She painted her legs too.
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Do you make crafty mistakes? I would love to hear about it.

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19 comments:

  1. Yes! I was just thinking of how many great projects I've seen shared and how few "oops" ones.... I've had a few oops of my own I was going to share one day.

    One of them: Trying to make those yarn eggs with yarn and glue and a balloon.... NOT an activity to do with preschoolers. We wound up with wet, glue covered balloons and glue covered yarn all over the house.

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    1. You just made me chuckle, things do go awry sometimes :)

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  2. This had me giggling all the way through- pretty much our house every day. Sometimes I make really stupid mistakes, and sometimes it's just fun to watch the kids dye their hands green with food coloring substance or paint all over their bodies. (I like the vomit, too, by the way.)

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    1. Ah food colouring hands... I know those too :) Glad you liked the vomit pic, it is my favourite :)

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    1. Hi Aleacia thanks for stopping by :)

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  4. We makelots of mistakes! I made a great bird feeder, took lots of great shots, hung it on a tree outside with camera poised by the door ready for the perfect rosella-eating-birdseed picture but the only creatures that ate anything from that feeder were rats :-( I can't blog that. Good to know about the vinegar and soda thing on the lawn, now I won't make that one :-)

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    1. I am glad I saved your lawn!!!! I was not popular that day. Sorry to hear your bird feeder didn't turn out as planned. :)

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  5. I LOVE this post!!! I tried melting crayons and ended up with crayon all over the stove. It was a huge mess... hard to clean up and my "anti mess hubby" came home in the midst of the mess. Oh it was not a good day. :)

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    1. Hey Jill :) gee that sounds like unfortunate timing and very difficult to clean up.

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  6. Thank you for sharing this. Now I don't feel so bad when my mess happens. Worse is the set-up and massive cleanup after a 3 minute long activity - feelie goop; finger painting; and playing with flour and water!

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    1. I think there is an formula in there somewhere :)
      Time spent on activity - Time spent cleaning up (to the power of fun had) = General annoyance with kids arts and crafts. :)
      Thanks so much for visiting, I am off to answer your question about cardboard shelving.

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  7. oh dear...I am still laughing Ali!! I can't believe you did red spray bottles inside...and people say I love messy activities hehe. And don't get me started on shredded paper....never, ever again here either!

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  8. Hi there,
    Just read this post and can't stop laughing. I teach Pre -kindy and I often have enormous failures. I am not afraid of trying new things but sometimes the looks on the parents faces tells me the activity is a bit out there!
    http://niccolaontuesday.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/small-world-colour-ideas.html

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  9. I laughed when I saw the bright pink kid against the pristinely perfect plastic apron. The kid's got good motor skill control to completely avoid getting paint on that thing. Good for her!

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  10. Haha, I'm killing myself laughing! Nailed to the table and the vomiting ped doll did it to me. I make tones of mistakes. Usually they involve leaving craft stuff out to be destroyed. Mine aren't as comical as yours though :) Hannah (Paint on the Ceiling)

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  11. This is gold. I'm still laughing out loud. Love it! You're a legend. Bec x

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  12. So funny! All bloggers should do a mistakes post :)
    I have done the nail to the table as well!

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