A friend recently told me that as much as she loves my site (thanks, D!), she wasn’t having too much success getting her child on board with our activities. This of course saddened me, but then it occurred to me that not every activity is a success story around here either. Take “Sticky Spaghetti Art,” for example. I borrowed this idea, which involves placing sticky pasta on a sheet of paper, from a play-based activity newsletter that I subscribe to. With a newborn in the house, I’m presently attracted to all things easy, and a simple bowl of pasta fit the bill.
This is what the project looked like when I set it up: two sheets of paper for some side-by-side art making and a bowl of starchy spaghetti.
Despite my prompts, super-cheerful excitement about spaghetti art, and encouragement, N requested a fork and knife in order to cut the noodles into smaller pieces. Okay, that’s cool, we could use some cutting practice. Just let me know when you’re ready to slap some of those noodles down on the blank paper!
I guess I just wanted to clear up any misconceptions that our art projects all turn out the way I have planned. And the “I” in that sentence is key here, because it’s important to remind myself that these projects aren’t for me at all. They’re for my daughter. And if she wants to eat the art materials (paint and glue, not so much), so be it. Every time a project fails, I learn something new…in this case, introducing food-art right before dinner is probably not the best use of my graduate degree.
What failures have you had (with or without your kids), and what did you learn from them?
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