Across the U.S. Old Man Winter is having his way, leaving many of us a bit stir crazy. What’s a mom to do when her kiddos are tired of same old same old? Pinterest to the rescue! On Pinterest you can find a treasure trove of activities, crafts, and fresh ideas for you and your kids. According to Wikipedia, “Pinterest is a web and mobile application company that offers a visual discovery, collection, sharing, and storage tool. Users create and share the collections of visual bookmarks (boards). Boards are created through a user selecting an item, page, website, etc. and pinning it to an existing or newly created board.”

 

Inspiration for the Uninspired- As a stay at home mom it’s easy to get in a rut of the same routine day in and day out. Also as a first time mom I also forget to add new activities and options to my growing boy’s repertoire of activities. While I’ve had a Pinterest account for awhile, I only recently starting using Pinterest as a parenting resource. It’s a wonderful venue through which I can learn from creative moms, which inspires me to think outside the box. This not only offers my son some fun activities but it also adds some zest to my life as well.

Beware of the Pinterest Fail- While Pinterest is a great source of inspiration it can also be a source of frustration. Any time you try something new there is always the potential for a hiccup or two along the way. Don’t be discouraged. Instead give yourself a pack on the back for trying and attempt to find the humor in it all. If you need any help here just google “Pinterest fail” and you’ll feel better.

My Fail- Actually, the first Pinterest activity I tried with my 19 month old son was a fail… I started searching for “toddler valentine crafts” and found an easy recipe for homemade edible finger paint. I also found several pins showing the idea of make a toilette paper roll into make a heart stamp. Oh he is going to LOVE this! Or so I thought…

Scary Finger Paints! I prepped everything during my son’s nap time and it all turned out great. Feeling quite accomplished, I waited for my boy, who I affectionately call Triple A, to wake up. After a nice long nap, Triple A woke up happy. As usual, I gave him his snack right away. I knew painting was going to be messy and Triple A is rather attached to his clothes so I only removed his socks. I proudly showed him to the artist area I prepared and demonstrated the finger paints.

Nothing… Then an uneasy look… Then a whimper. Oh sweetie it’s okay, watch Mommy. Again I demonstrated the finger paints and heart stamp for him. Would you like a turn? Instead of trying the craft Triple A burst into tears! He just wasn’t having any part of it! Knowing finger painting wasn’t going to happen that day, we quickly left the craft and I gave him one of his favorite books. Once again things were right in Triple A’s world. As he entertained himself with books I stewed in my head. What did I do wrong? Was it the paint? Was it the socks? Was that a total waste of time? 

Second Attempts In the end I did nothing wrong. For some reason my boy wasn’t ready to finger paint that day… I’m thinking it was a sensory thing or that removing his precious socks threw him off. Perhaps we’ll try finger painting again another day. No it wasn’t a complete waste of time. Looking for this craft idea on Pinterest gave me a handful of other activities to try and re energized my creative juices. Will my son enjoy these new activities? Maybe. You never know unless you try.

What do you think of Pinterest? Have you experienced the Pinterest Fail?

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Wife, work at home mom, and bassoonist, Laura Ankrum lives in Iowa City, Iowa. Prior to the arrival of her two children Laura taught elementary music and band in the Boston area. Now her home is her classroom and music studio. Laura is passionate about education, encouraging other moms, and eco-friendly living. She is the social media coordinator at Thirsties Inc and regularly contributes to First Time Mom.

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