A couple of weeks ago, Mo came home all excited.  The high point of school life had arrived – it was Volcano project time.  The transition from Year 2 to Year 3 (1st – 2nd grade) can be a difficult one, when the real hard work of serious learning begins.  But what softens the blow, is simply the prospect of doing the Volcano project.

Now I may not be one of those super fun moms who run wildly around the park with their kids playing hide and seek or tag.  Or the kind of mom who bakes with her kids every weekend.  But I do like a good craft project and (even if I do say so myself) I can be pretty creative in this area.  With plans to use paper mache, poster paint, tissue paper, pipe cleaners and cotton wool, here was some homework I could finally get excited about.

Let me just start by saying, I am a self-confessed control freak.  I admit it.  I like things done a certain way.  Nothing puts the fear of God into me like the words “can I help?”  Hell, I have 2 trees at Christmas, the one that I decorate that’s on the main floor of the house and the one the kids decorate in the basement (and I even move the decorations on that one when they’re asleep!)  But I try.  I really, really try to let them do things their way.  I’m just not very good at it.

“Look Mo, if you squeeze the paper this way, you get most of the paste out instead of it pouring all over the base.”

“No Mo, don’t scrunch so much, if you drape the paper this way it looks more like a mountain.”

“If the trees have fallen down here Mo, wouldn’t the lava flow more in this direction.”

“If you pull the cotton wool up like this Mo rather than into a ball, it looks more like steam rising.”

I just couldn’t help myself.  But it’s worse than that.  When Mo got bored of laying the paper mache on the upturned cup and went to play with her toys, I added a few bits to make it more mountain shaped.  And when she decided the painting was complete and went to watch TV, I touched up the unpainted areas.    But it was 90% all her own work, and I have to say I’m pretty proud of how my Mo’s volcano turned out.

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  • Hilarious! I am a control freak also so I have a hard time when my 7 year old wants to do craft projects. I usually give her a little direction and then have to leave the room because I get anxiety when I see what she is doing. I want to tell her no, do it this way, not that way but I don’t want to control her creativity.

  • Amanda H

    Very funny Jo! I actually heard all about Mo’s volcano
    from my 7 yr old – how cool it was and how her trees were knocked over by the lava etc…so looks like you did a sterling job!
    I suffer from the same control issues so firmly delegated this one to my husband. My excuse being that he has a degree in geography. I watched the pair of them safely from behind the kitchen counter and aided with ‘helpful’ guidance from time to time. At one point I even found myself hypocritically saying to husband, “Remember whose project this is supposed to be anyway?” when he got happily lost in the painting and sticking…and for the record, his is bigger than yours! ; )

  • Jo Chivers

    He he, I bet it is!

  • This is a riot! I feel like I’m reading about myself! Glad I’m not the only one! :)

  • Jo Chivers

    Thanks – checked out your blog too – very funny like your style!

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