Our paper mâché experience.

It has been raining for most of the week and my kids were getting cabin fever. So to alleviate this condition, I decided to throw a paper mâché party in our garage for anyone in the neighborhood who wanted to come.

My first an smartest decision was to lay down a tarp in the garage. Everything, including all spills and leftovers, were on the tarp. Best decision ever.

The kids came and we did paper mâché. Some it was their first time and some it wasn’t. They did designs like princess hats and regular balloon shapes. We use construction paper since there wouldn’t be time for everything to dry and then paint it. We used glitter.

It was a blast to watch all the kids (ranging from 16 months to 8 years) play and do art. I had a ton of fun.

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The importance of a stage

We had a talent show at church on Friday night. I entered my son, along with a few other kids, into the show. They were going to sing “5 Little Monkeys Jumping on a Bed” and do the dance to the song.

So we practices the song a bunch. He was really excited and did well with the song in practice.

I spent Thursday night making ears and tails for the little monkeys.

Then comes Friday. We got there and practiced to the music on my iPod. The kids laughed and danced. Then we got everyone’s costumes on and practiced again. The kids did less singing and more jumping, but that was fine.

They did great with the performance. They all got up there and did their thing. While it might not have been the most artistic performance, it did get them up in front of a crowd and doing something. It gave them confidence to do it again.

Learning to be on a stage is hard. It can be scary. Starting kids young gives them a chance to not be scared and to enjoy being on the stage. Stages are important because, at some point in time, everyone has to be on one. Even if the stage is simply a presentation.

It was a good learning experience for Nicholas and a fun thing for the moms to see.

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