Da Keiki is at da creative age wea she's either dancing, singing, coloring, drawing or just hamming it up so wen an opportunity came up for Da Keiki to stir up her creative juices I thought it would be pretty cool to sign her up...... especially since it was at Home Depot.
No, I am definitely not raising her to be tomboy but wen you can blend wat Daddy "likes" with da "creative" side, it's a win-win no?
Da Keiki patiently waiting in line
Hard at work
Two of da three lawn stakes cause her hands couldn't hold da third one good. LOL
Apparently these workshops are popular cause it was choke crowded! As such in any crowd from all walks of life, there are many different "views" of how one should behave, perform etc. We've nevah been to a kids workshop and standing in line, all we did was check in, got handed a classic orange Home Depot apron kid size (very cool) and given a kit to build. Simple right?
Well aftah opening da kit up (3 wooden lawn ornaments), da first instruction said to glue it. Uh, wea's da glue? There were only tables with hammers and paints spread out on every table - no glue. Oh well, on to step two to pound in da nails then. Now hea's wea da social-observations started to kick in. There were parents with obviously higher expectations of their five year old's ability to pound in a nail and some nevah even cared to watch as they were getting da oddah part of da kit ready. Yeah, you read right - not even watching their kid holding a hammer trying to pound in a nail by themselves. Thank God no one got hurt at least around us dat I noticed. Yes, Da Keiki did use da hammer (two hands with my hand over hers) while I held da nail as well. Da noise was too much as it rebounded off da resin tables so she was done with dat part..... wat a girl. lol
Then came da decorations part (second pic) wea she went crazy cause she loves stickers so she looked at the pics and followed it to a tee... well maybe off level a little.
Last was painting (pics on my oddah camera) which Da Keiki was getting a kick out of cause there were choke colors to choose from. Hea's wea it was totally pupule. You literally had parents doing da project from beginning to end: nailing, stickering and painting. Da most trippy part? During da painting phase, some parents were da ones who were painting it as if they were Picasso while their child watched. Then there were da ones who were directors. "No, not that way." "No, not that color." "Don't color outside." "Don't mix the colors." "You want to paint it THAT color??" "You no like listen?"
Wassup Wit Dat!
And hea I thought it was a "KIDS" workshop.
Besides da hammering, no parent should have touched da project nor gave any input cause why? It's for DA KEIKI! Plus, how can you "direct" your own kids creative side? Its their "feel", its their "touch", its their mind. If s/he wants to paint a snowman green then so be it cause it's not a competition nor are there any awards given so why all da control? Hea's da ultimate kicker.......
it was F-R-E-E!!! Ai-goo.
It was enjoyment enough watching Da Keiki having fun doing something different as all I did was pound in da nails she didn't want to in addition to pouring da paint and holding da individual kit (snowman, snowflake and gingerbread man) while she painted so she could paint easier, dat was it. No input, no scoldings, no need.
I really felt bad for da girl across from Da Keiki cause she was just standing there looking up from her Dad to her Mom to her Dad to her Mom while they painted so intricately. Oh wait, she did get to paint one side of da ground stake - with direction - which was literally insignificant as it would be below ground.
To tell you da truth, I'm glad I got to witness it because it'll be a mental picture I'll keep as a reminder to let my keiki's be wen it's "their" time. Of course, I'm still da mean okole disciplinarian but at da same time you just gotta let kids be especially in situations wea it's for da kids. It's not like a cooking class or sports clinic wea you're training or learning a specific craft, it's just a fun, quality time event wea we, as parents, tend to lose sight of sometimes.
If you work - or know someone who does - at Home Depot, MUCH MAHALOS for those kids workshops as they are extremely cool. For those interested in da next kids workshop which is a mini sled, CLICK HEA FOR WORKSHOP INFO. There are tabs in the middle designating wat kine workshops they offer (DIY, Hers, Kids) and they are all free so go check 'em go check 'em go check 'em go.