Before I was a parent, I would never have bought a prefab craft kit. Even if it was cheaper to buy the prefab craft kit I would buy the non-easy version and spend more time and more money just to say I had done it myself. Excuse me as I laugh maniacally at the hipster snobbery of my youth.
As the parent of ONE (which is a whole different animal than being a parent of two or more, I’m learning as my friends lap me in the offspring count) I now understand that the prefab craft kit is the total stuff of dreams. Like, instant activity in a box, get on an be creative with your bad self, thank goodness someone else did the leg work on this one kind of dreams. See, because when your kid flies solo with adults all the time, any kind of easy-to-travel, pop-up low-impact activity that will keep them engaged and mess-free is a major coup.
I can’t even with the chubby fingers…
And the 44 sheets of colored beeswax and 44 wicks that came in our little $10 DIY Chanukah Candle kit did not disappoint. Dee was mid-meltdown when I broke them out, and they more than saved the day: They gave me a zen activity to do when I thought my head might explode from overexposure to whining. And also a chance to catch up with my Sister-in-law who I miss dearly (and spent most of the weekend being held hostage by her smitten niece. Sorry Maeg. You’re a very good sport.)