What is making the transition smoother is making things. Taking things we have at home, and turning them into something else. The other afternoon, we made giant bubbles from dishwashing soap and twigs. The joy was not only in the oversized bubbles, but the real adventure was in finding all of the ingredients, taking the time to create the solution and building the wand. When after a few tries, we finally produced big, beautiful bubbles we were ecstatic! I don’t think we would have found ourselves jumping for joy over a ready made bubble kit from the store.
The Craft Train
All of a sudden, my son has a ton of toys. I didn’t mean for it to happen, but after 4 years of birthdays, holidays, and just visits to Target, Rowan has accumulated a lot of stuff. Legos, cars, and art supplies are plentiful in this house, and it is time to slow things down. A big purge is in order, and I am looking forward to consolidating all of it. Lately, I have been holding back when I feel the familiar urge to buy him more things, saying no to the little impromptu surprises or rewards for eating his veggies.
Here are some DIYs that will morph common household items into adorable playthings. They are so good don’t you think? It is hard to tell that they were previously milk cartons, pizza boxes, egg cartons and toilet rolls. Plus, it will be the time you spend with your kids working on these projects that will become the treasured memory. Try it.