Thursday, June 25, 2009

When all else fails, bring out the hot glue gun....

So we're only...what, maybe 2 weeks into summer break and I've been racking my brain every single day as to what to do with the kids to keep them....hmmm, what's the right word?? Happy! Yes, that's the word....happy.

They love to do crafts but I'm not exactly what you'd call "crafty"...not even "creative"....talented maybe? Nope, definitely not. But in order to keep my kids happy, I swallowed my pride and walked into JoAnn's one day and proceeded to shop my little heart out, pulling things off the shelves left and right..."oh, this looks like fun"..."the kids would LOVE this".

Before I knew it, I had 3 bags full of crafts and supplies, along with project ideas. Oh, this was gonna be so much fun....right? RIGHT?! I had to keep convincing myself of that.

At my last MOPS meeting, we had decorated flip-flops and the kids LOVED the ones I made so that was our first craft project of the summer. I brought out the hot glue gun and we all oooh'd and awww'd over it. They were all very impressed with that. Hot glue?? So cool. I quickly forbid them from touching the glue gun.

"But, why, Mommy?", Cole asked. I replied, "Unless you want to end up with your eyes glued shut, I suggest you just stay away from it, okay?".

I waited until Garrett and Landon were down for their nap before beginning the flip-flop project because....well, toddlers + hot glue gun = one very stressed out Mommy. Enough said. I just knew it would be an emergency room visit waiting to happen. I've had to learn my lessons the hard way.

Cole and Bella each picked out a pair of flip flops and we began our project. They each got to pick out what they wanted on their flip flops and they placed the decorations in place, while I used the hot glue gun to fasten the decoration to the strap of the sandal.


"Mommy, the glue gun is SO cool", they both said. "Yes, it is pretty cool but it's very HOT....do not touch the glue!!". So what did they both do?? Yeah, they touched the hot glue. I just looked at them....and I said, "WHY....why do you always do the opposite of what I ask you to do? I tell you something's hot and to stay away and the first thing you do is reach out to touch it??". They both looked at me all wide-eyed....obviously they had no explanation for it.

Just for fun, I tried a little reverse psychology on them. When I put more hot glue on the strap of one of the flip flops, I said to them, "Oh, make sure you touch the glue this time...it's super hot". They both stared at me and said, "Huh?". My point has been proven. So if you ever hear me shouting to the kids, while at the playground, "Make sure you throw sand in each other's eyes...no playground visit is complete until someone gets a handful of sand in their eyes".....just remember, it's not bad parenting. It's reverse psychology, at its finest.

Anyway, back to the flip flops, we actually did have a lot of fun making them. They were both very creative with their flip flop designs. Here are the projects completed (I even made a pair!):

These are the ones Cole made - a boy and his passion for dinosaurs


These are just one pair that Bella made - her feet look awfully puffy...kinda looks like I pulled a Kate Gosselin by denying my daughter a drink of water all day long, eh?


Here's the pair I made, along with a pair she made....she was very concerned that our flowers didn't match exactly but I assured her that they looked similar enough. She said, "Mommy, purple and pink are NOT the same...in case you didn't know that". My daughter, the smart-ass....I guess it takes one to know one.


So our first summer craft project went off without a hitch. Yes, they did touch the hot glue but no one walked away with their fingers glued together or their eyes glued shut.......this time, anyway.

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33 comments:

Mountain Mama said...

I'm often caught saying "yelling and screaming is the perfect way to ask for stuff, don't you think?" and "Which game will we play in the store today: Tag or Hide n seek?"

Confusing the kids gives us the upperhand!

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Mommy24cs said...

Love the flip flops!! Don't worry my kids never listen to a word I say either unless the words "money" "treat" or "buy you something" is used in the sentence!

newlyweds said...

What a fun idea, I know what is it about kids, saying don't touch something and they immediately having the urge to touch it. But what fun.

GAMZu said...

Cool project!

I also regularly tell my kids when they are whining or demanding something, "You have to scream louder. You know I won't give you anything unless you scream and tantrum."
Immediately, like magic, "Mama, please can I..."

I'm Ashley. said...

Is it awful that I hope my daughter doesn't want to do crafts when she's older? I am so not the crafty type. I am hoping that she likes housework though. Mommy's gonna need a break soon!

Kristina P. said...

Well, aren;ty you awesome! Love the flip flops.

Heather said...

I LOVE the flip flops : ) What a great idea & an awesome job. I'll have to try that with Noly.

Morgan said...

Those are cool! Hobby Lobby and Joannes always seem to have flip flops on sale.

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Tracy said...

Very cute!

I'm afraid to use my glue gun, let alone let the wee ones around it. Brave mommy. :)

Jennifer said...

Those are so cute! I want to make some!

I wonder if the reverse psychology will work on a one-year-old? "Poop 20 times a day baby, because mommy loves to clean it up!"?... No?...

Kathy B! said...

This is adorable. And I love her little chubby kid feet :)

The Mother said...

That does bring back memories. I still have a box in my closet filled with glitter, glue, pipe cleaners, paint, and anything else I could find.

We never lost any fingers or toes either. But I'm still thinking we might have beat the odds a little.

Six Feet Under Blog said...

Oh yes, the reverse psychology. I've tried that before-did it work? Um, nope. Love the new look for the shoes!

Jenny said...

"Which game will we play in the store today: Tag or Hide n seek?"

LOL at that comment above!

The flip flops turned out so cute. I bet they loved that activity.

Still LOL about the reverse psychology thing!

Sharlene said...

Look at you Little Miss Crafty!

Jen said...

what a great idea. I think that I may have to try this one. You are so inspirational!

Booklover1212 said...

I can sooo relate to this post! Usually, in the end, mommy ends up doing the craft all by herself anyway. In a way, I find it oddly therapeutic! Glad no one got glue in their eyes -- yet! Can't wait to see the next project!

~ Jennifer

Carly said...

Hi,

I have been reading your blog for quite some time and I think you are so funny .I love the fact that you always tell it like it is . Anyway such a cut Idea I think ?I will do this with my son.

Amy W said...

Great job for a non-crafty person! I'm really not believing you anymore. :) My girls got out the drawer full of beads this summer and have been making jewelry "to sell". I'm not sure who's going to buy it, but more power to them!

The Lloyd Family said...

I love crafty stuff, my oldest son doesn't so much, it's a "chore" and my babies aren't old enough... Maybe I should try for a girl so I can make such cute flip flops! Glad y'all had so much fun. I heart Joanns!

Alicia said...

Oh my gosh..how cute are those!!!!!!! I want to get a hot glue gun now! LOL!

Mrsbear said...

Wearable crafts and no trip to the ER to try to dissolve eyeball glue!? Score. You da mom. ;)

WhisperingWriter said...

Those flip flops are awesome. I wish I had the patience to be more crafty.

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

So cute! Very creative! I will definitely try reverse psychology because what I am doing is not working!

Tami said...

Here's my address.. LOL. Those are adorable, cute, sassy even!
Can I pay COD?

LOL. I'd love to have a pair of those! I'll be the first in line if you did a give away! I'm a flip flip fanatic!

Hit 40 said...

I would never ever call you kate!!!

Kate could be a new 4 letter word to call a bad mommy!!!

Veronica Lee said...

How creative!!

LOL, when you said you saw 'penile structures', I checked the post title!! I'm sleep deprived too!!!

Creative Junkie said...

I have to remember that thing about reverse psychology and tell my kids to scream each other to death - I might actually get a minute or two of peace and quiet.

LOVE glue guns! But they don't love me - it's a wonder I haven't glued my own fingers together.

Love the flip-flops!

The Lane Family said...

The flip flops are great. I may try this with the 3 year old but the twins...not so much. I love Bella's comments so cute!!

Greetings from Guatemala said...

cute shoes!!

Zeemaid said...

love the flip flops. What a great idea!!

I once had a little girl touch the hot glue when we were doing a project and she got instant blisters on her fingers. Boy did I every feel like a dork. Wasn't even my kid. a friend's kid. yiii.

Elle said...

Those flip-flops are way cool! I have to admit, I hate doing crafts, so my children are seriously craft deprived.

Corrine said...

those are the coolest flip flops and you have given a wonderful idea of what to do with my kids that beg to keep doing stuff this summer.

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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