We went to our library’s story time yesterday, mainly for Farm Princess. When Farm Boys were younger, we’d often go hear the stories, and do the little craft. Yesterday’s craft was based on the letter N–they were all going to make Necklaces, with these:
What a tough craft for kids on the GAPS Diet! My kids did amazing there. Nobody fussed about not being able to munch on them (all of the other kids were). They just made their necklaces. The smell was even tempting for me though. I remember my dorm days, when I always had Fruit Loops or Trix and a case of Snapple in my room (I never liked Trix when they changed them from the balls to the fruit shaped things–they just weren’t the same—just had to say that ). So I liked this "food" and I would probably like it again, if I allowed myself to eat it. I’d be sick, but I’d like the flavor.
The thing is–who decided to call this food? It’s not food. It doesn’t even remotely resemble any kind of real food. When I step back and look at it (1 year off of packaged junk), I wonder, who in their right mind would feed this to their children? Really. This is junk. Garbage. I won’t even feed this to my pigs! I digress…
Here is my Farm Princess, just happy to make a necklace, not caring about the smell of fruitiness right below her nose!
Farm Boy 1, 9 years old, but not above preschool crafts. He said he didn’t eat any because he knew he wouldn’t grow if he did. Smart boy.
Farm Boy 3, also a trooper. He just made a necklace without complaints.
Farm Boy 2: no complaints at the library, but he failed a breath test once we got home and lost his necklace to the garbage. This is what I think of these things: not even worthy of the compost pile. They go where few things from our house end up (because we don’t buy packaged foods & don’t have much packaging)–in the garbage with the pull ups and saran wrap.
Farm Boy 2 had a good heart talk after that with both mom and dad, about how he disrespected our rules by eating 3 Fruit Loops, and about how he’s going to stand up to temptations to things he knows he shouldn’t do (This was 3 Fruit Loops. Bigger temptations WILL come up in his lifetime. How will he handle the pressure?).
All in all, I was pleased with how my kids did. Zero whining at the library. It was a fun little craft, but the "beads" they used were just as nutrient dense as the plastic beads I put in Farm Princess’ hair, in my opinion.
This is linked up at Real Food Wednesday