I joined the Pinterest Bandwagon a few months ago. Because decorating and organizing my house is stressful and since I don’t like cooking, it isn’t addicting to me. I find it to be a great organizing tool. I used to clip magazine articles about crafts to do with the kids or recipes I wanted to make. They cluttered my piles until the mess frustrated me enough to throw them away, undone. But with Pinterest? I can pin pictures, find the original idea and not add to my already teetering piles of so-called organization.
Since I joined, I have been pinning activities to do with the girls during the summer, especially the Girls Club.
This summer Girls Club girls and I are going through Nancy Rue’s The Buddy Book. We are learning about how God created us to be in relationships of many kinds, how God is the ultimate counsellor, and that relationships can be tough. The book has fun quizzes. Today we covered relationships in general but each week we will cover a different chapter/relationship: parents, siblings, friends, boys, God, ourselves. Each week I feel tired and a bit lethargic about Girls Club but each week, when it is over I am energized and thrilled like God has filled my cup with blessings in allowing me to know these sweet girls and to influence their faith.
But we can’t just do study time together. Fun is mandatory. So this week we made sidewalk paint. The recipe, found on Pinterest and originally from the blog Hammer and Thread, was super simple.
I purchased 8 disposable mini containers from the dollar store (in packages of four) so we would have paint containers with lids. The girls loved being color scientists. When the paint initially goes on the sidewalk it can be a bit dull, but when it is dry, the colors are bright and much prettier than chalk. And when we started to sweat, we painted the neighbor’s garage (with permission) because it fences in our backyard is ugly and peeling, and my neighbor knows he should paint it but never does so we decided to make it look nicer. That’s when the girls decided splatter painting might be fun because the paint is really runny and was difficult to paint with on a vertical surface. Craziness followed.
We will do this activity again. It was fun, cheap and easy. What more could you ask for?
Posting with others who practice creativity at Studio JRU. Check out their projects here.
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