Tin Foil Art

My children like responsibility and “jobs.” They like to help and feel they are making a contribution to our household. They are 7, 5 and almost 2 so I’m assuming this is a pretty common factor among children this age. I have a few things you can do with the kids that fit in the categories of “quick and easy” and “very little mess”…..once in awhile we do things that are more involved but easy is really my style!!

TIN FOIL ART

This is super simple! Give each kid a square of tin foil and some crayons. Now draw away! I used this opportunity to teach them how to draw the American Flag and fireworks because we did ours around 4th of July. We discussed the 13 colonies and 50 states. The only problem was then they asked me how fireworks were made. I just threw big words at them about chemical compounds and reactions and hoped they pay better attention in Chemistry class than I did. Anyway…..once you are done tell the kids they have just created you the most wonderful “bowl covers”

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Image Bency and Iris’s Tin Foil Bowl Covers

Make Instant Pudding

Now, you’re probably thinking…”Wow, Melissa, what a novel idea..you are a genius (in a sarcastic tone). When I have only one child I do more in depth cooking with them (my 7 year old is a whiz in the kitchen and can be trusted to make cookies from scratch on her own.) When you have two, it’s harder so I keep it simple but it’s the “tool” I use. I have an old hand mixer that you have to crank by hand. They still sell these things for about $10 but I got mine at an estate sale. Any estate sale that belongs to a woman in her eighties will probably have one of these for a quarter. My kids love this along with my vintage cheese grater. Anyway, let them make the pudding and “crank” away. Let them choose the additions to the pudding…Pistachio pudding with banana slices anyone?? Now you can use one of those tin foil bowl covers and put in refrigerator. Use the pudding as an incentive to eat all their supper. This works like magic in our house…all their broccoli quickly disappears without a fight!

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Making Pudding

Freezing Blueberries

Yesterday I bought 6 pints of blueberries. I cleaned them and told the kids to put them in storage bags for me so I could freeze them. I told the kids to do them one by one as blueberries are very delicate. This bought me a lot of time to do dishes and clean the kitchen. Every once in awhile I would do a small squeaky voice pretending I was a blueberry saying “Ow, someone squeezed me too hard.” The kids thought this was hilarious!

I hope this has given you some ideas you can do with your kids to make them feel they are contributing to the household and are important because frankly Kids are important!!!!

What kind of household jobs do you do with your kids? I’m always looking for more ideas!

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12 responses

  1. I wish you would’ve been my older sister instead of my younger sister. I could’ve been such a better mother if I would’ve had you for my inspiration. I guess I can use your creativity, wisdom and your great examples and ideas to refine my grandma skills. With how good of a mom you are I was just thinking about how the lives of your grand kids will be pure magic when you take your skills to the next level when you get blessed with grandchildren.
    Love ya!

  2. It is kind of great. I think I will be free to enjoy it more, being a grandma, once I am no longer a parent to a minor child. I still have the stress (and joy) of raising a teenager which offers a set of challenges that is rather complicated even on the the best day with the best kid. I think it keeps me caught between two worlds a little bit, playing the duel role of grandma and mom on any given day. Maybe it makes me a little better at both, or maybe one keeps me distracted enough from the other that I don’t have time to dwell on how I am falling short on my mission of being a good mom and grandma.

  3. I have one of those old beaters. I’ve seen ideas where you can use them to “beat” bubbles too, adding some detergent to water and the kids mix up the bubbles with the beater.

  4. Believe it or not, my 3 yr old loves washing dishes. She gets excited about making lots of bubbles with the dish soap & loves using a sponge. I let her wash her sippie cups & plastic dishes.

  5. Love it!! It’s too cute seeing the little ones doing the chores! We got to enjoy while we can because there’s going to come a time when they’re not as excited about the whole prospect of helping out!

  6. I’m very impressed that your daughter can make cookies by herself! I’m hoping to teach my daughter stuff like that, too.
    I’m trying to think of how we helped around the house… There were just so many things! One that sticks out in my mind is we picked up pine cones, apples and sticks from the lawn before my mom mowed it, and we got a penny for each one.

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