The Importance Of Being Flexible
Which means, when I decided I need more toys for my toddler nephews, I was determined to make them myself.
My first thought was make a Quiet Book for the boys. I had visions of colorful felt puppets, button and zipper pages and wonderful pipecleaner weaving activities.
With these ideas in mind I headed off to the craft store. When I got there, I found that there were no individual rectangles of felt on the shelves. There were also no buttons and zippers.
However, I did see some wonderfully glittery pipecleaners and sparkly foam sheets. Tacky, but perfect for little boys.
I realized immediately that I was going to need a change of plans.
That’s where the internet came in. As soon as I returned from the store I did a search for homemade toddler toys + foam and another search for homemade toddler toys + pipe cleaners. After a bit of poking around I came up with two great ideas.
The first was for a foam sewing toy. It’s made by cutting foam into aquatic shapes and punching holes around the edges.
The second was for a simple jar toy with holes in the lid. Toddlers can shove pipe cleaners through the holes.
I made up both toys within an hour and still had supplies left for another day’s projects.
This experience has taught me a valuable lesson.
When I craft I usually follow a very simple system. I make a plan, buy or find the supplies, and construct the project. I do whatever I need to do to make the plan work.
This time I learned that flexibility may be just as useful as diligence. I had success with the toy making venture because I was willing to let my original plan go, and go with the path that opened to me.
My husband, who is very spiritual, says this is a lesson for life. I agree.
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