So one of the things I am doing with my kids is making a big list of awesome things to do this summer! Off of this crazy list, we will pick one thing to do each day. On Monday we planned the week out, and today we decided to make a “home made” honest to goodness, paper mache piñata! We are also going to try a cardboard style piñata.
So this morning we got ready for the day. Melody and Orrin are helping a lot more in the house now. To accomplish these crazy fun activities I had to stop trying to be a super mom. I took a back seat, while I let my kids help with the house work more. So I have spent more time directing, supervising, and teaching new skills. It has been a breath of fresh air. They love feeling responsible, and the work gets done faster with more hands, and we actually have time to play together. This is a great side benefit I didn’t know would come about from all this summer planning, and I am so thrilled! Instead of “Mom can I make a craft, or go outside?”, I hear, “Mom is there work to be done?”. When that answer is no, then my kids know they have free time! All the things that my older children want to do are good things, but they were wanting to be entertained all day .What they really needed was to learn the value of work.
After the morning chores were through, we made paper mache paste. The kids all took turns adding ingredients, and stirring. Then we headed for the pool with friends. The pool sure is nice on a hot day. After coming home, and slowly cleaning up our swimming gear, we managed to make our first layer on our ballon. We will let that dry overnight, and continue with this project through out the week. Hopefully, by Friday, we will have a great personalized piñata to share with family that will be visiting! I will have to be sneaky, and get some great things to put inside when my kids are not watching!