Summer Boredom Buster Series – Pipe Cleaner Fun
Okay ya’ll, this summer, I want to be that great Mom who plays games, does crafts, and really enjoys summertime with the kids. Since Simon started school last year, I realized that there were so many fun things I anticipated doing that never happened. When I was pregnant the first time, I couldn’t wait to play pretend and run around like pirates and play games! Then life got busy, we had more kids, and mommy-hood was more management than play time. So, this summer, I’m going to change the pattern. No more summer boredom blues. I want to play pretend, craft, and enjoy these summer days before my son heads back to first grade.
Luckily, I have some inspiration help for making summertime a fun time. Years ago, my sister-in-law gave me this Family Fun Boredom Busters book, and my goal is to work my way through the book this summer. Not everyday, because I’m not that organized or perfect, but to do many activities as we can. Between this book and my many kid-friendly Pinterest pins, we are going to enjoy some quality family time. It just seems like my kiddos are growing up so quickly, and I feel like I need to hold onto these moments before the years go by.
A couple weeks ago I stocked up on craft supplies to prepare for my summer goal. I am ready with pipe cleaners, water colors, glue sticks, googly eyes, colored papers, crazy scissors, and stickers. When I remember, I stash away the paper towel and toilet paper rolls for future crafts. Read about our first educational summer boredom buster.
Today the kids requested the pipe cleaners!
In the past, it has been too easy to start them on a craft and then leave to finish my own tasks: vacuuming, cleaning, laundry, or a nap. But today I thought, “If I’m going to enjoy this summer with them, then I have to be with them.” So, I sat down and created with them. We made pipe cleaner people, a dinosaur, an alligator, a fish, and flowers. My pipe cleaner person was named Syrup (named picked by Grace) and was dressed with a skirt and blue curly hair (as requested by Simon). Kids are so funny. Meanwhile, watching Simon figure out how to twist the pipe cleaners into animal bodies was a proud mommy moment. I had fun attaching legs and heads onto the random creations – moments I would have missed if I was elsewhere in the house.
Here’s my advice if you want to make pipe cleaner creations:
- Try to open the bag and let the kids follow their imaginations.
- Kids learn as they try things for themselves, so try to only step in as they ask for help.
- Encourage them to “see what happens” as they work on their own.
- Cheer them on and offer high-fives when they are successful.
- Let them see how you wrap and twist the pipe cleaners, so they have an example to follow.
- Then go play! Make up stories with their creations and have fun.
While writing this post, I was reminded of the quote:
“Motherhood is not a hobby, it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for.” -Rachel Jankovic
After the pipe cleaner creations were finished, the girls said their flowers needed googly eyes too so they could be “nodding flowers.” One of their favorite songs is “In the Leafy Treetops” (listen to the piano music here), and the second verse is about a garden with nodding flowers.
Stay tuned for more fun family ideas all summer along with my Summer Boredom Busters series.
What activities does your family enjoy during summertime? Tell me in the comments.