Oh, Pinterest! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways… or maybe not so much. Pinterest is a friend of mine, and I refer to it almost daily. From recipes, to organizing, and even ideas for the little ones, it seems to be a limitless knowledge base. That is, until you find those awesome concepts that just… don’t… work…
You know exactly what I mean – you explain this fantastic idea to your children, and their little eyes fill with excitement! You gather materials, begin the project, and then it flops. Cue the “fail trombone music” at the highest decibel!
One such instance arose when we decided to make homemade ice cream from Pinterest (Homemade Ice Cream In a Bag). Both my toddlers were pumped, and so was I! (I even made the recipe a little healthier by adding skim milk and Splenda.) We combined our ingredients and placed the smaller bag inside the ice/salt filled larger one. Then, we shook it like a Polaroid picture.
Then, there was trouble… Both children began crying because the ice made their hands cold. Next, the salt burned any cuts that were present on their skin (and eyes! Yikes!). Combine this with their frustration, and interest was lost within about two minutes.
Also, even though I used quality Ziploc bags, the saltiness penetrated the finished Pinterest inspired product. I even thoroughly rinsed the bags to alleviate this problem. I encouraged my babies to eat their new snack, but the expression with their first taste revealed the truth – a sour, twisted face while proclaiming, “Momma, this is yuck!” Alas, another fail.
If there is a next time, I will find a better way for my children to participate. For example, I could allow them to use gloves or another barrier for their hands. Also, it may be best suited for an adult to shake the bags since this is a little difficult for toddlers.
Regarding the saltiness, I have considered sealing the small ingredient bag with duct tape prior to placing it into the larger bag. This may not be effective, but it’s worth trying.
Additionally, this is a great cause and effect exercise. For this reason, elementary aged children may benefit most from a project like this.
Pinterest is a superb database for nearly every sort of endeavor, but this was one venture that I will not be making again anytime soon.