Here’s a typical conversation with our two-and-a-half year-old:
M: “Mama, oo ont oo pay wif me now?” (Read: “Mama, do you want to play with me now?”)
Me: “Sure, bud!”
Meet our son, Buckwheat.
A tidbit from our conversation at breakfast this morning:
Tavia: “Mommy, what’s your favorite animal?”
Mommy: “I like tigers. I think they’re amazing. Also monkeys. Oh, and dogs!”
Tavia: “Well you can only pick one. I like deer. Deer are my favorite animal.”
Mommy: “Oh, ok then. I guess monkeys.”
Tavia: “Marsden, what’s your favorite animal?”
Oobots, AKA Robots, are Marsden’s favorite thing in the world right now. He literaly wants to eat, sleep, & breathe robots. They even make it to the favorite animal category, they must be pretty darn awesome! Today’s word of the
day month year is…
Our toddler word of the day today is: BUBBLE!
Our kids love bubble baths! We tend to use organic bubbles so they don’t irritate our sensitive red-heads’ skin. I’m always on the lookout for homemade bubble bath, know of any good recipes?
Sometimes they throw lots of toys in the mix to make it a susdsy good time. They have entirely too many…a boat full of fish & rafts, balls & a basket, waterproof books, roads with vehicles of all kinds that stick to the tub walls, foam letters, numbers…you name it!
What are some things you do to make bathing more fun for your kids? I’d love to hear!
Originally posted February 8, 2011
It’s the time of the year to hibernate and snuggle up to the ones you love. Nothing beats hiding away from the wintery blah. Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, we’ve opted to send out some love to our family and friends. Our daughter decided she would make the list and she included all the tots in her life. Cousins, friends, friends’ siblings…she sure does know how to spread the love!
When I was young, my father loved to craft handmade Valentines for each of us. We were always so impressed with his sense of creativity (and always will be!). It is my duty to carry on this tradition. What fun it has been with a two year-old! Cardstock, a few stickers, some pom-poms, markers and of course classic doilies make for some beautifully nouveau valentines. Enjoy!
Since my oldest is only 3, we are not ready for full-time (or part-time) preschool, so we try to do fun things every day that somehow sneak in education. Sometimes this entails going out & about, sometimes it is at home. “Homeschooling Fun” will display my slight attempt at projects we do together. I have a plethora of resources where I usually get these ideas but sometimes they are my own. (I am ALWAYS open to new suggestions for resources! Please comment below.) Unfortunately, I don’t remember where this next project came from but I do know it was a lot of good, time-consuming fun!
Autumn Clay Tree
We started this simple project by going outside & scouting out the perfect tree branch. There are not too many trees around us, so we couldn’t find a loose branch on the ground, we had to cut this one directly from the grounded tree. Our daughter was quite intrigued by the different shapes of branches we found, not a lot look like trees if standing on their own. I tucked in a discussion of the what, how & why of trees. Lots of questions followed, which I always look forward to when explaining something to an inquisitive toddler!
We gathered indoors (it was chilly out that day!) & started “planting the tree” (sticking it to green construction paper*) by surrounding it with “soil” (green clay). *This was a little difficult with the flimsy construction paper. I would recommend something stronger like cardboard or wood.
Next, we pinched tiny pieces of clay (we used play-doh for times’ sake but homemade clay would have worked better), perfect for her petite hands, into the branches. We used colors she thought would be seen in the fall – red, orange, yellow & green. She did most of the leaves. She was very focused & excited to see the end result.
The pieces that fell were smooshed into the paper to become those fallen leaves. Easy-peasy!
What do you think? What would you have done differently? What indoor activities do you do in the fall with your children? PLEASE SHARE! We’d LOVE to hear!