Now this is code for different things depending on the child.
Jack: It has to involve multiple, complicated steps with materials that we never have on hand, like a laser beam or a jet engine.
Trey: It's crafty and artistic in nature, but make it simple, or he'll get frustrated easily. This will make him whine for a half hour straight, all while I'm in the middle of making supper, the phone is ringing, and the baby needs to eat.
Chase: Lay lots of paper towel down, and plan on at least one spill of the paint rinse water. If scissors are involved, clear out anything of value, including all clothes that he is wearing. Oh, and be prepared to intervene every 12 seconds.
So when they ask to do an activity, my first logical response is, "Sure, who wants to color?!"
Of course not. It could never be that easy.
Plain old coloring has lost my children's interest, especially in the wintertime - when all of a sudden nothing is as interesting as it used to be.
Surviving the Winter, one small extraordinary moment at a time...