If you promise not to look at my dirty windows, I'll show you something
really cute. Promise? Yeah? Good. So it's been raining for days and we've been
stuck in the house. We're also been trying to get ready for my almost
five-year-old's birthday party* coming up, and one of the things we were doing
involved some craft foam. Not the foamie stickers you can get in AC Moore but
sheets of foam that haven't been cut yet. We were sitting in the porch, cutting
donut shapes out of the foam, when we heard and felt some water dripping. Yup,
we have a leak, its running down the inside of one of the new windows we have.
Josh will be having to make a phone call about that later, but first we needed
Anyway, once the water was nicely dripping into the buckets and not onto
the couch, we continued with the cutting. And then one of the kids went to check
the buckets and while standing on the couch realized that the foamie cut-outs
were sticking to the window where it was wet!
So much fun! It's like Colorforms, but not. Remember Colorforms? Those were awesome - but the pieces were always so small and lose-able. With the foam, you can cut out as many as you like, in any shape you like and most importantly, as large as you like. So that's what we did. We stuck with the basics this time, squares, rectangles, triangles, hearts and circles. The kids built houses and balloons and trees on the windows - we moved them to dry windows and handed out paint brushes** and small cups of water - and fun was had by all.
And then, to add to the fun, at least for me, I was looking through some emails later in the day and there was one with a link to this exact craft! Nicole, at The Activity Mom, has a super-fun blog and great ideas. But still, so weird that I saw her link the same day we realized this worked. But so fun that someone else figured out the same great rainy day activity. And she had the best idea too - why spend time cutting out shapes when you can buy a whole bucket of non-sticky foam shapes for like seven bucks and the kids can go to town with letters, numbers and animal or flower or whatever cutouts. So smart.
*It's a Dunkin Donuts Carnival. Yup, that's what I said. But more about
that another day.
** Learn from me, please. Don't hand out sponge brushes. They soak up way too much water and make your carpet wet when they're left on the floor. Use regular old, small thin bristled brushes, kind of like the ones you'd use to do a paint-with-water-coloring-book. Remember those too? Those were so great. I miss being a little kid.
Are you a Mom?
Of course you are,
your shirt is dirty :)