My sister is here for another week and had a fun idea to buy pasta for the boys to string necklaces or at least do some threading activities.
We started at the table but Nora wanted to play too and was spilling it all over the floor, which was fine, but we’d need to keep picking it up to give her more. So, I took her to the floor with some pasta and containers and the two of us sat on the floor playing while my sister stayed at the table with Graham and Miles. Well it took about two minutes for Graham and Miles to ditch the table and wanting to be down on the floor “playing like Nora”.
And just like that my sister’s plan for a nice simple and fun activity got totally derailed and had no sign of being salvageable. But you know what? They had a blast getting pasta all over the place and scooping and dumping it.
The boys decided they needed to sit far apart so they couldn’t steal each others’ pasta.
All Miles was interested in doing was loading his truck up and dumping the pasta out. Definitely no stringing for him.
It’s moments like these that you get smacked in the head with a reminder to go with the flow. If your kid is enjoying an activity their way don’t try to redirect them, follow their lead. Within reason of course. Instead of getting frustrated that they weren’t into the stringing activity or trying to force them to play with the pasta the “right” way we just got down on the floor with them and had a ball. And they were being pretty creative, pretending the pasta was cargo or listening to how the pasta sounded differently in the tupperware and metal bowls.
So, that’s how we made a pasta necklace that only a mother could love.