One if my goals since becoming a SAHM is to take advantage of the different seasons for crafts and baking activities with my girls. Previously, I always felt as if, before I knew it, Halloween or Christmas was upon us before I’d even really got a chance to organise anything fun to do. What I really wanted was a way to plan ahead a little so I could get prepared and enjoy these times. Here’s how I’m organising with Pinterest.
For many, the idea of getting out paints, glue or in fact anything messy with toddlers, is enough to bring them out in a cold sweat. That’s how I felt too. However I see how much my girls love it and so now I just try and choose crafts carefully that I can manage. On Pinterest, I’ve created quarterly boards to pin ideas. So I have a board for January, February and March crafts. Another board for April, May and June and so on. For me this works as when I spot a good idea I know I can just save it for later.
If I haven’t found many pins, I’ll search specifically for monthly ideas such ‘February crafts for toddlers’ or more specifically for ‘preschool valentines crafts’. At the moment, I’m combining crafts and baking ideas as I’ve found I’ll just pick one a week and baking with toddlers feels pretty much like messy play anyway. Maybe as they get a little older I’ll separate these pins into separate boards.
In the next quarter, we have Halloween, Bonfire night and Christmas. I’ve decided to create individual boards for these as I know there will be masses of pins and this way, I’ll be able to find activities quickly. In the quarterly board, I’ll just pin autumnal crafts and baking.
Pinning enough but not too much
What I’ve found is that I need to pin selectively. If I get a bit click happy, I can end up with lots of very similar ideas or crafts that just are not appropriate. However appealing pins look and they often look amazing, I try and decide if it’s really something I will do or could do with the amount of time and resources I have.
On the flip side, not enough pinning leads to crafts and baking falling by the wayside. It’s something my girls and I enjoy so that’s not what I want. This year, I found the second quarter the trickiest to pin to. April, May and June have less big holidays or celebrations than other quarters so extra searching was required.
This might seem a lot of faff for baking and crafts but I know without organising with Pinterest, I just wouldn’t do half the activities. Pinterest inspires me to try new ideas. When I go back to look through a board, I try to choose activities to vary the skills my girls will gain. As my girls don’t attend preschool at the moment, I like to provide a little structured time and these activities give them the chance to practise concentration and perseverance.
How does Pinterest help to organise your life?