Boondoggle (project), term for a scheme that wastes time and money
And for sharing. I just learned about the word Boondoggle! A good word to describe unnecessary, wasteful, or fraudulant projects. Boy sounds like a word that could often be applied tot the work that my children bring home. The Scouts make what they call Boon Doggles out of gimp, plastic cord, and this is an exceptional example of such work. It is a braided piece, without much use, except decoration if you are 'into' 'that look'. The take many, many hours to braid, and somehow it holds their attention. My daughter has finished hers after about six months of hours of work off and on. Now, what to do with it! That is just it... there is NOTHING to do with it! More Waste, to landfill.
I would really like to work with the children on making better use of their time. I see great value in their play. But consumerism has capitalized on children's natural inclination to be 'productiv'/ Children want to produce things and have meaningful work. It is a conundrum. There are oodles of 'kits' for children at the stores. Often thse can be easily given as a gift, and the child will enjy the independence of doing this prepackaged wore. However, should we be teaching our children that these projects are meaningful work?