First of all, I know I hardly blog anymore. Those of you who know me well know why, and I truly do miss it. But tonight I had to share. Too much of a story for FB.
Our kids are in their second year of AWANA and they love it. This is their first year doing the AWANA Grand Prix. I did pinewood derbys when I was a little girl, but #1 did not. My dad owned a workshop full of woodworking tools. #1? Not so much. We were a little intimidated by this project, but he and the kids (and I) had a good time doing this anyway.
The older the kid, the more we had them do by themselves. None of them got to use power tools as #1's jigsaw is a little unpredictable and we wanted to be safe. However, they were in charge of sanding, painting, and we thought putting on the wheels. But that proved to be a bit of a challenge and #1 ended up with that task also. It's our first year people, give us some grace.
So here is Sweet Pea's "car". When it was time to cut them, I had the boys draw on their block of wood where they wanted daddy to cut. Rosebud announced she just wanted it to be a triangle (well that won't go very fast). Sweet Pea? "I want a big white van!" We own two full sized white vans so I guess she just figures when you say "car" you mean ginormous box on wheels. #1 did his best to cut out the shape of it, but the jigsaw got fidgety and the front windshield didn't turn out as he wanted. I think it is fine, but this just ads to the story. We both marveled at how wonderfully aerodynamic it would be. Basically she had the clunkiest car at the derby. The large van and the triangle we laughed about and moved on.
We gave everyone sandpaper and had them smooth the edges. Sweet Pea REFUSED. Fine. Your car. You're not going to win anyway. She painted the whole thing white and then wanted me to put on windows. After she painted the white, we let it dry overnight. In the morning...well...she had at some point in the night or wee hours of the morning gotten up to continue painting. With orange. And no brush. Just unscrew the lid and dump. We also have orange paint on our hardwood. And on my Norwex. I was super pleased.
The boys thought her "big white van" was pretty ugly but I left it. It is, after all, her car. I proceeded to have WAY too much fun painting on the windows, and a few other details. I then tried to put on the wheels. I did a terrible job. #1 had to take them off and try again, but even then not all 4 wheels sit on a flat surface at once. Whatever, she's not going to win anyway with that big clunker.
Basically next year we'll just leave them as chunks of wood, pour paint on them, put their wheels on crooked, drill the bejeebers out of their undersides till they make weight, and launch them down the track.