So… here’s how this went down. Althea went down for a nap and I prepared everything for a fabulous Easter craft:
1. Cut up the bottom of a paper lunch bag to form the nest
2. Set it out with pencil crayons on the craft table.
3. Cut up pieces of yarn and got out the glue stick.
4. Cut out little chickens and drew eyes on them
5. Cut up some feathers for wings
6. Cut out egg shapes
7. Cut out little chicken beak shapes
8. Literally all the kid has to do is glue it all together.
Ready! Ok! Now Althea wakes from her nap and while I’m putting away a few books she has already made her way to the craft table and is colouring the nest! This is gonna be fun! Right?
No. No it is not. Here’s what actually happened:
1. She is colouring the bottom of the paper bag that nobody will see. I encouraged her to colour all sides of the “nest.” She whined about it and threw her pencil crayons on the ground breaking one.
2. I could not get the pencil sharpener to work. I missed my electric sharpener I had when I had a desk job.
3. I handed her the glue stick to cover the nest with yarn. She put glue here and there and then tried to place the yarn in the spots without glue yelling “it’s not working!”
4. I glued on the yarn.
5. I encouraged her to glue on the beaks and wings. Same issue. Sigh… Really?
6. Ok! Just put glue all over the bird. Lots! No LOTS LOTS! No that’s not enough and it’s already drying. Just gimme the glue stick!
6. I glued on the beaks and wings.
7. Althea left the table.
8. I glued in the birds and eggs.
9. I realized what had just happened but – sadly – was still kind of proud of what I had made. All by myself!
10. Guilt. It always ends with a mother’s guilt doesn’t it?
But it’s so pretty right??? Deep breath. Tomorrow will be better…