Thursday, February 6, 2014

Things That Annoy Me Thursday: 100 Days Of School Crafts

Natalie handed this paper over.


I screamed.

Okay, I'm being dramatic. I did not scream.

I did go, "Crap."

You see, I don't craft. I don't find it fun. At all. I'm amazed at the stuff people can create on Pinterest and Etsy. But it's not something I'd ever want to do.

"My friend says she's drawing a picture of the sea and is making little yarn fish," Natalie said sweetly. "Can we make little yarn fish?"

I blinked. "Darling, did you forget who your mother was?"

Natalie sighed. "Oh, right."

"Try again," I offered.

Natalie tapped her chin. "My other friend said she was making 100 paper flowers."

100? Paper? Flowers?

I swallowed hard.

"Try again."

Natalie rolled her eyes. "I have stickers."

I clapped. "Yes! Let's do 100 stickers. How fun!" I acted as though this was the most exciting thing. Yarn fish? Whatever. Paper flowers? Pfff. Stickers was where it was AT.

Look, it's fantastic if people want to be creative. And maybe next year we'll do something...bigger. Not 100 paper flowers bigger, because no thanks. Maybe something like this:



All the gluing will make me stabby, but I think I could handle it.

Some people suggested that I do 100 pieces of chocolate. But I'm PMSing so I did not have 100 pieces of chocolate in the house.

So stickers. We did stickers. Natalie was pleased.


It's simple. It's us.

(Look what someone did for a 100 days of school LUNCH:


I just....no. Not for me. If I ever did something like this for Natalie she'd be like, "What happened to the sandwich?")


37 comments:

  1. Oh my god. Really? That lunch is out of control. Stickers is where it is AT.

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  2. You are not alone. I had a big cardboard box and I checked Pinterest to see if there was anything cool I could do with it for my toddler. After scrolling through tutorials of elaborate rocket ships, puppet theatres and mazes, I ended up just handing him some crayons and he sat in the box and colored it. The funny thing? I realized that it was about HIM and not about me ignoring him while I crafted something elaborate that he wouldn't even understand anyway. She got more out of placing stickers than she would watching you do something for her.

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  3. Just say no to crafting. Ain't nobody got time for that.

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  4. Oh my. When did the 100th day of school really become a thing? I don't remember it being a thing back in the olden days when I was in school.

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  5. I think my efforts begin and end with putting sandwiches in fun shapes. And that really only takes a cookie/sandwich cutter. And really, it's easier than having to manually cut off the sandwich crusts. I'm even too lazy for that!
    I don't craft. I would smile, hand this to Cassidy, and go watch The CW.
    OR. I would buy a few bags of M&Ms, count out 100 of them, and then eat the rest.

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  6. Sounds more like homework for the parents, not the child. I think the teacher meant it to be a bonding experience, but still, it is homework for the parents!! Thats how its worded on that paper, subliminally!

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  7. both my kids did stickers! they have to make a chart of 100 things, and stickers are the easiest because they involve no glue!

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  8. Bwahahahahaha!! I cannot STAND these elaborate things we are supposed to do at home. And make no mistake, if it looks half way decent the parent did it, not the child. You know what? I've already graduated from (insert grade here). I don't need to craft. That's why my kids always had the worst looking project in the class...THAT THEY DID THEMSELVES. And they always had the worst looking Valentine shoe box, too.
    I think it builds character. ---Lisa

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  9. Stickers are where it is at. I would not want to eat that "sandwich" it does not even resemble food.

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  10. Haha I see these all over Facebook from my friends with kids. If I did anything with candy, I'd end up eating some and my kid would be short a couple "days."

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  11. See I would THINK I was going to get all crafty and do something really cool. Then I would loose all motivation and end up doing the stickers. Pinterest and Etsy has made us want to one up everyone with our creativity. Sometimes we just need to slap some stickers on a page.

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  12. Give me high school calculus homework any day over the artsy elementary stuff!!!
    I like the stickers!!!

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  13. I think I sent 100 pennies to school for Lena's 100th day.

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  14. Haha! I just recently found your blog and I am so glad!! You crack me up!!

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  15. Hahaha I stuck 100 band aids on a poster board and wrote I survived 100 days of school, short and simple. Some parents go way out and they take the creativity away from their kids.

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  16. My younger son just had to count 100 items into a bag. :)

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  17. Ha! This is hysterical! When my daughter was in grade school (she's a sophomore now, yikes) we had to do a 100 days project as well. We wrote out the number 100 with 100 cotton balls. Creative, right? Too much work for the parents if you ask me.

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  18. Ah...you crack me up!!! Haha! As long as she had fun with the stickers! You're an amazing mama!! You probably coulda sent over 100 Gymboree outfits...lol

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  19. Haha love this. I really want to be better at crafting and DIY but I'm so not there yet. I just don't have enough time to settle down and do a huge project right now...maybe someday!

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  20. Who in the shit has time to make lunches like that?!

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  21. Firstly, WHO ever has time to make sandwiches like that?! And where do they get the patience? lol.

    Secondly, I can be creative when I want to be but I would still have done the stickers =] My daughter has to make a hat for her homework.. a hat with a "Math" theme. Wth?!

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  22. I remember having to do something like that back when I was in 1st grade. We had to bring 100 of something. If I remember correctly I brought 100 beads...I was really into beads...

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  23. So when did the 100th Day of School become a thing? I saw someone on FB - they had to decorate a shirt with 100 things. For a second I was thinking about homeschooling! Haha! This is dangerous. I'm crafty, but would not want to make 100 anythings. But the stickers! Way to go. And your child did the work, which you know the kids didn't make the yarn fish. Gold star for you mom!

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  24. I feel like we are never going to reach 100 days here with all these snow days! 100 seems pretty insane like in making something. 100 flowers? What? That would take forever.

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  25. haha I am with you! I am dreading preschool mom valentine's next week. We go with the box of paper ones..not of this pinteresty craziness.

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  26. When we did this for my daughter last year, we glued buttons onto cardboard. It was a nightmare, yet so simple. I'm with you. Less is more. At least it helps our sanity.

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  27. I'm not a creative crafty person either, so I'd be at a loss.

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  28. I can't do crafts, and I wouldn't have even thought of stickers. I didn't even know 100 days of school was a thing.

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  29. How about a book with 100 pages lol

    I like crafts but not when I have too. I tell my kids they got the wrong mom, my sister, the art teacher, now her kids had great school projects.

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  30. I would have gone with 100 paperclips... or maybe toothpicks...

    What a ridiculous assignment.

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  31. I was so happy that my sons class did not participate in the 100 days

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  32. I bought a bag of mini marshmallows, gave my daughter the glue and told her to make a snowman with them.

    then we had hot cocoa with the left over marshmallows.
    I find you have to be crafty sometimes to survive this crafting craze that is going on.

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  33. OK, I know this sounds terrible, but this is one of the nice things about living in a really poor school district! The school rarely sends home big projects to do at home because so many of the parents don't speak/read English and they wouldn't have the supplies anyway.

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  34. I hate people who make lunches like that. They are not right in the head.

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  35. I would love to make lunches that look like that but it is seriously never going to happen.

    Stickers are the best, by the way. They take no effort and kids love them so much! She probably had so much fun!

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  36. That lunch is ridiculous. I like the way you think with your daughter's project. As I read the list, I immediately picked the stickers as the one my hypothetical child would do.

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