Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Art & Dinner From the Same Ingredients

Well, gee, I am so glad to see that you all like my summer camp plan. I was a little nervous that I would get some, "You're a crazy, overscheduling mother. Why don't you let your kids just be kids?" comments. Although as I have never gotten a nasty comment (yet), I don't know why I thought this particular crazy scheme would be a lightning rod.

So without further ado, I present: Macaroni Day!

Today's camp was shortened due to preschool camp in the morning and a birthday party in the afternoon. Basically what Macaroni Day consisted of today was a circle time in the morning and an art project in the afternoon.

But it was a hell of an art project.

And we had guest campers.

If you like making a mess and having fun, give a bunch of kids some pasta, some paper, and a lot of glue.

Do the math: 5 kids + 7 bottles of glue ÷ negligent parenting = giant puddles of glue.

At one point Jack was pretending his bowtie pasta were boats and he sank them in his river of glue. Like, sank them. As in, couldn't see them anymore, because the river was so deep and the current was so swift. Those bottles up there? They're largely empty now.

This art is going to take a while to dry.

But these five kids (and my friend L) made some excellent macaroni art. See:

(Click to enlarge if you must.) Sorry, L, but I think Sam's is the best. In case you can't tell, it's a train.

After L and her family left, I got set to make the tacos I had planned. (Mental note: I will always be too tired at the end of the day to involve my children in dinner preparation. I am barely capable of making dinner myself, why do I think I'll be patient enough to bring three little dudes into it? Group cooking will be for breakfast, lunch, and/or snack only from now on.)

And then I was all, "Why am I making tacos tonight? Why am I not making pasta?" So I dumped all the leftover pasta in boiling water (I did have to fish out a smidge of glue) and threw some spaghetti sauce over it. Voila!

Sam declared it "stupendously excellenty."

That's what I'm talkin' about.


  1. You are brilliant, you know.

  2. This looks like so much fun. May I offer an idea, when I worked in a day care we did finger painting with pudding. Fun and quite tasty.

  3. You're not an over-scheduler, you're sane. My oldest is not yet 3, but I have learned that the key to keeping the house from collapsing each day is to keep him busy.

    And - bonus - all those mostly empty bottles of glue can be dumped into one bottle and you can throw the rest away, ala Junk Pyramid.

  4. Mary, I love that you suggested that. It is actually on the calendar for tomorrow. Although we may have to put it off until Thursday.

  5. Now, lady, THAT is what we call SUCCESS. Good job.

  6. wow you're brilliant. Can I join your camp? Not sure how I'll get to your house but I'd love to be a part of it.

  7. We had a glue puddle incident here yesterday, too. After 24 hours, the glue was not dry and so the project accidentally fell into the trash can. Whoops.

    Your camp sounds fun...can't wait to see what tomorrow is!

  8. geez what is wrong with you? You are such an over-scheduling mom...

    Nah, you are creative, fun, and realistic. can't beat that!

    You think the glue is bad? I dare you to do a craft with instant mashed potatoes... oh, what about those peanut butter and birdseed bird feeders. I wanna see that before the week is up! ;)

  9. Jessica: Yeah, ours may fall into the trash can too. Sadly, tomorrow may be canceled due to Sam's dentist appointment. Unless you think I can get my babysitter to cook dinner with Jack and Quinn.

    Ange: Does it still count as a craft if all Jack does is eat the mashed potatoes?

  10. That's great. Next time, try dyeing the pasta first, they'll get a kick out of that. Or macaroni necklaces.

    Look on the bright side, that's 7 empty bottles of glue you can toss and call decluttered for the day!

  11. Love the variety of pasta. Very impressive! Let me know if you are going to open up registration for Camp Stimey next year. I have 2 potential campers for ya!

  12. I am so impressed with your structure!!

    And I'm so with you. I really, really want to cook with my kids. By dinnertime I want them to just go away and let me cook. Sigh

  13. Are you kidding me? I would never think you're a crazy over-scheduler. Like Elaine (my friend) my almost 3 year old gets really destructive around 9:30-10 am if she is left to her own devices. Our newest activity during that time (which coincides with the baby's nap) is "Let's Do Laundry and Play With the Canned Goods In the Basement!"

  14. oh...i forgot to mention that the show baby borrowers premieres tonight june 25th at 9pm on nbc for those of you who want to watch it...it's a great show for moms like us...i highly recommend it...to learn about parenting...:)


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