Crappy Papa is watching the kids while I work for a few hours. They have just returned home from the craft store.
I hear them come into the house, brimming with excitement.
They show me what they picked out:
They can hardly contain themselves. They finally got the volcano kit that they’ve been asking for.
I’m thrilled that Crappy Papa got it for them. Because now I don’t ever have to.
I go back to work in another room and they get started:
They have to build the volcano from scratch. Plaster is involved. This is serious.
They get to work and time goes by. A long time in child-time. About five minutes.
And the volcano looks exactly nothing like a volcano:
Crappy Papa has lost them.
He decides that he’ll just finish building it himself. He’ll do it really quickly.
Finally, I check in with him:
It does look like a volcano now. It only took an entire day.
The good news is, it is finished!
Except it has to dry overnight before they can erupt it.
But early the next morning, the kids’ interest is renewed! Nothing like a volcano eruption before breakfast.
They can’t wait to see this:
But when we erupt it, it really only does this:
And they walk away, asking “What’s for breakfast?”
We love family projects. This is just one of many failures. Would love to hear about any fun, non-painful family projects you’ve done so I can steal your ideas and my family will think I’m a brilliant treasure trove of creativity. Which I am. But I’m also lazy. This means I tend to think up great ideas but continue to sit on the couch.
We signed up for Kiwi Crate* a few months back (a box of craft projects sent monthly – all supplies included) and I love it. Each box holds a few hours of happy, occupied children. However, it only comes once a month and as Crappy Boy said, “I wish these Kiwi boxes came more than once in a billion years, Mama.”
So additional ideas welcome. Except volcanoes. We are firmly anti-volcano.
*Yes, that link up there is an affiliate link. If anyone purchases I’ll get a bit of coin which will then pay for our own KiwiCrate subscription. Like stealing candy from a baby! Babies shouldn’t have candy so I’m doing a service here.