Thursday, June 6, 2013

Kid Craft: Umi Goggles

I don't know if you're familiar with the show "Team Umizoomi," but if not, it's a Nick Jr. show that teaches kids math skills which is great for them but mind-numbing for adults (though, what educational kid's show isn't?). If you are familiar with the show... I'm sorry.

Anyway. E and I were watching it a couple days ago. There's this thing that the characters on the show use to see into things like water or trees, called "Umi Goggles." (They're basically some sort of crazy combination of x-ray vision and binoculars.) They were using their Umi Goggles to find a gold star or something, and E wanted some too. 

I had an idea.

I grabbed a couple of empty toilet paper rolls. We glued them together. I let her paint them with her water colors. Bam. Her very own pair of Umi Goggles. They have been inseparable ever since. She uses them to look for and find everything from her toys to the toilet. 

Is this a serious craft post? No. What this is, is a reminder to us moms (myself included) in the Pinterest era that not every craft has to be Pinterest-worthy to make your kid happy. See that smile up there? That's what it's all about. 

Note: I am in no way knocking Pinterest. I love Pinterest. I am also in no way knocking the super-crafty moms who come up with and do those crafts all the time. We all have different strengths. I myself have suffered a mild existential crisis at my inability to do a lot of those crafts with my kid and the feeling of failure that comes with that, and I thought this would be a nice reminder for those other moms out there like me.


  1. My boys play with the paper towel roll for days. Well, the baby chews on it so I don't let him have it for long but the 4 year old pretends that it is his sword.


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    1. Haha cute. Mine has used the paper towel rolls for telescopes before, but never a sword.


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