So the blog has been a bit light on the content lately. Life happens…. there was the plague that hit our household like a thousand times over, as it does with toddlers and preschoolers… But there was a lot of potential blogging activities and ideas that just simply FAILED! Let’s blame Pinterest, shall we?!?
A blogging fail…
First, there was the popcorn from our farm share. They save some of the corn and dry it still on the cob so you can make popcorn. I asked my friend who also participates in the farm share how to prepare it. He said – “just pop it like you do regular popcorn”. Well, I put a bag in the microwave so when I saw this video, I thought it made perfect sense.
Basically, you put the whole ear of corn inside two bags opened ends together so that one bag is inside the other. This is so that the heat is trapped inside, but can vent just a little bit so things don’t explode and then microwave it. People…. There was a FIRE in my microwave! So we even tried the hot pan method (think jiffy pop). Just more smoke and burnt popcorn smell!
Verdict: POPCORN FAIL!
Then we had all those snow days compounded with holidays that meant we couldn’t go anywhere in the bad weather or when it was nice enough NOTHING was open and I had no place to go with these kiddos. So I dug into my Pinterest boards and found the bazillion posts about putting paint in a plastic bag and taping the edges down on a table. I mixed the paint with baby oil and used four different really expensive gallon sized bags and put all kinds of different color combinations of paint in the bags for my children’s entertainment. Pinterest assured me that this would buy me at least 30 minutes of mess free educational entertainment so that I could at least clean up the kitchen. NOPE! Connor announced he was done before I could even leave the room to get the camera to document what a great bloggy mama I was. (And they did leak and paint and baby oil was all over the dining room table)!
Verdict: PAINTING FAIL!
Then there were the cute car wash ideas, again, all over Pinterest. Basically, you give the kiddos a pan of soapy warm water, some toys and cleaning tools (I opted for small sponges and old toothbrushes). I put in a selection of toy cars and other toys that could withstand some scrubbing that I thought might interest both kids.
Connor feel apart approximately .2 seconds after I did manage to snap a few photos. There were BUBBLES on his HANDS! And Amelia played long enough to completely soak through her outfit. At least the living room floor got cleaned a bit!
Verdict: CAR WASH FAIL!
Connor has been super into legos lately and Amelia is finally old enough to stop eating them, so I thought that we could safely set up a lego table on the train table. Connor has also been really frustrated in finding different pieces that he is looking for so I thought that a sorting activity might keep both kids entertained while helping him organize all those tiny pieces in a way that he could understand.
After flipping the train table mat over the the blank side, I laid out construction paper corresponding to the different colors of blocks he had.
Amelia is also developing a good grasp of color matching too. She was able to sort a few peices. I think we only managed to match one block per color before Connor just climbed up on the table and played away with his legos.
Verdict: Legos are always a WIN, but SORTING FAIL!
This past weekend, we did manage to pull off some nice tissue paper flowers made with small tissue squares and modge podge. But this mama didn’t dare try to juggle modge podge and her new camera………
There is always next time!