Assign Positive Intent

April 17, 2014

'Assign positive intent' - it's not easy, but it makes everything easier.

In other words, think the best of everyone.

Assume that people are doing the best they can in any given moment. Assume that we are all just trying to make things work for us, rather than trying to upset everyone else. Give everyone the benefit of the doubt.

This goes for everyone – your kids, your partner, strangers you meet on the street… and especially yourself.

It’s not always easy to do, but it is worth it.

When I can find love for my screaming three year old, I deal with the tantrum in a much more effective way.

When I assume the best of my ten year old, I can see things from her perspective and stop an argument before it begins.

When I try to understand my six year old, I can avoid a battle where no one wins.

When I put myself in my partner’s shoes, I can keep my snappy comments to myself.

When I can cut myself some slack, it is so much easier to pick up the pieces and try to do better next time.

If I assume the best in everyone, the world suddenly seems like a much better place, life feels more positive, and everything feels lighter.

It’s not always easy, but if I can ‘assign positive intent’, everything is easier.

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3D Foam and Pipe Cleaner Sculptures

I cleaned out our art cupboard on Saturday night (I know… I am such a party animal!) and I found a huge tangled mess of pipe cleaners shoved in a box. There were too many and they were too good to even consider throwing them out, but I had no idea what we could do with a mangled heap of pipe cleaners… so I did what any other person would do, I shoved them back in the box, and chucked it on the top shelf.

Yesterday afternoon we picked up a package from the post office. It wasn’t an exciting package, unless you think new water pumps are cool, but it came with lots of styrofoam packaging in different sized pieces. Again I thought it was too good to throw away, but I had no idea what to do with it, so I was shoving it up on the top shelf when I saw the box of pipe cleaners and I had an idea…

Lets make 3D foam and pipe cleaner sculptures!

3D Foam and Pipe Cleaner Sculptures

What We Used:

  • styrofoam chunks in various shapes and sizes.
  • pipe cleaners
  • beads
  • buttons
  • sequins
  • wool/string
  • tape
  • scissors

Later on I thought of some other things I wished we had included – packing peanuts, markers or paint would have been fun too.

I love an activity that only involves me dumping a whole lot of supplies in the middle of the table and then the kids do the rest.

3D Foam and Pipe Cleaner Sculptures

This activity was great for the variety of ages we have too.

3D Foam and Pipe Cleaner Sculptures

Noah, who is three, made abstract pieces and worked his fine motor skills poking pipe cleaners into foam and threading them with beads, buttons and sequins.

Morgan, who is six, was busy working out how to engineer his sculpture so that the pipe cleaner would support a roof and walls.

3D Foam and Pipe Cleaner Sculptures

Zoe and Izzy, who are ten, both made people and then built various structures around them. Later, Izzy created letters and words too.

3D Foam and Pipe Cleaner Sculptures

We had lots of fun with these ‘left over’ materials. It’s amazing to see what my kids can create with just a few bits and pieces!

We still have some pipe cleaners left… what would you do with them?


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