Is it just me, or do toddlers get more exhausting every single day? You know that book about the cute, smart, busy, all-around awesome pig, Olivia? It's one of Kinley's favorite reads. The second page in that book says, 

Olivia is good at wearing people out. She even wears herself out.

I think Kinley has decided to model herself after Olivia. We run, jump, dance, read, chase, hide, paint, twirl, splash, and wiggle all day long. By 7:00, I'm completely out of gas, but she is whining for more. How can one little person have so much energy? 

Needless to say, I think I'm gonna have to resign myself to the fact that I just can't crank out a blog post every night. As much as I love my creative outlet and sharing fun ideas with you, I love sleep even more some nights. Like last night. I really wanted to tell you all about our Earth Day craft and other adventures, but when I started writing it all up, it was lame and I was too tired to spice it up. 

So, bear with me as we enter the exhausting crazy toddler stage. I'm sorry in advance for the craft ideas that are too late for you to use. Just pin them for next year, and know that when we get over the hump in a few years, I will make it up to you by giving you ideas so far in advance, you will have to pin them because they are too early...like Thanksgiving-ideas-in-May kind of early.

I spent a good part of my Earth Day sorting and organizing all of our art and sensory project stuff that had turned into a massive heap of paper scraps, ribbon pieces, patterns, and glue sticks. Kinley helped by ripping everything she could reach into small pieces and laying in the middle of my piles and making supply angels (like snow angels, but with carefully sorted piles of stuff instead of snow.)

So, in order to occupy my small daughter and not lose my ever-loving mind, we did an Earth Day craft that was so simple and easy that it's worth sharing even a couple of days late. 

All you need for this craft is:

  • A paper plate
  • A scrap of blue tissue paper
  • A scrap of green tissue paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scotch tape
  • Scissors

All you've gotta do to get this ready to go is cut your tissue paper scraps into squares and Scotch tape the paper plate to your kiddo's art surface. I cut more blue squares than green just because there is more water than land on our beautiful planet, and I thought it would be easier to tell what the finished product was supposed to be if we did it that way. 

I let K be in charge of the glue stick again and she did so well! The glue responsibility was clearly her favorite part.

"Cut it out, Mom! How many pictures can you possibly take of a tiny person working a stick of glue?!"

After she finished up Round One with the glue, she started sticking her tissue paper squares on. She really liked this part, too, after I demonstrated how to not just stick, but WHACK the squares onto the plate.

Glue stick Round Two. And then more whacking.

And, TA-DA!!

Another Tiny Human masterpiece. :)

In case you were wondering, I did finally get everything sorted and into bins. Hopefully I have the energy to keep them that way because I really don't wanna relive the supply angel experience. 

Today was another busy, busy, busy day and I'm running on E after sharing our Earth Day fun. 

I tucked Kin in and told her, in the words of Olivia's piggy momma, 

You know, you really wear me out. But, I love you anyway.

Night, night friend.

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