Day 2 of our crafting extravaganza at the cottage!
Remember I told you yesterday that we still had a ton of paint and paintbrushes “just in case”.
I had planned to show the girls how to make a stone succulent garden – so I’d also picked up some terra cotta pots for us to use.
The kids are 6, 7 and two 9 year olds, so I needed something that could span that age group – cactus (cacti?) seemed like an easy enough project that they could all try and add extra detailing as their age/skill allowed.
I started out by painting my pot, and then adding in three green rocks for my cacti.
Now this is where it began to get interesting…
I will fully admit to being a Pinterest plagiarist. I love the projects I see online and I want to duplicate them exactly.
BUT kids’ brains don’t work like that.
They take an idea and evolve it into something different… something better.
Cacti became boring.
What else has that oval/cylindrical shape?
Time to plant a Minion garden!
Let’s take it further – if we flip the pot upside down, it almost looks igloo-like right?
You KNOW we need a polar bear family to live there!
P0lar bears and igloos are found in cold climates like the North Pole right?
Who else might visit a polar bear family at the North Pole?
They’d need a place to sleep as well, so now we need two more homes – one a candy cane cottage and the other…
If you were having company over – like Santa and his elf – you’d want flowers to decorate your table right? Make everyone feel welcome?
(We actually used these rock flowers to decorate our own table as well)
Not all of these were done in a single day. The kids would come and go as they were inclined, and each day brought a new idea.
So I’ll argue that no idea is completely original – everything stems from something else. Heck, there wouldn’t be a car if Ford hadn’t used a wheel (previously invented), an engine (from a train), seats (someone had already figured out that cow hide made leather) and metal (which someone before had learned to melt and shape)
Everything now is just an evolution of a previous idea.
Just let your kids loose with a bit of paint and some rocks and see for yourself!