Romy is definitely a toddler now. And boy does he enjoy a good sensory activity -- the unstructured version is probably better known as "making a mess". After a giant mess was made with a bag of oats he snuck out of the refrigerator the other day, I concluded that I had better fetch the long tub stored down in the basement and fill it with something. And quick! Today I chose a bag of puffballs (starting out slow and easy) and he was pleased as punch. So fun to see him beginning to find activities that hold his attention for longer than a few minutes. Fun for him and very fun for me. Phew.
Some days require making something "explode". Thankfully we have baking soda and vinegar on hand most of the time.
It was fun to try different bottle sizes before finding the right height for maximum bubble and fizz. And, it was a hoot talking about what it means to make a prediction or hypothesis. There were certainly some pretty funny guesses about what was going to happen. Three is such a fantastic age...most days ;-)
Felix attends an awesome preschool three mornings a week. He loves it there, and boy is it good for him to spend the time with a gaggle of small frys his age. Like most three year olds he has boundless energy and excitement for singing songs, drawing pictures, and running his legs off outside. Good stuff indeed. We LOVE hearing all of his stories and songs from each morning he's there.
This past week, however, was the end of the summer camp program there; the official school year doesn't begin for three weeks. We (read: I) realized a plan was needed to keep things peaceful and interesting here at home during his break. So...the other day Felix and I sat down with paper and pen and made a list of several things we hope to do during our time together. It was such a kick hearing what he wanted to add to our list. I am particularly fond of these two gems -- feel the playdoh when mama is done making it
paint a dragon.
The list is on the refrigerator for easy access.
Can't wait to see what we manage to accomplish. The time starts now!
Felix loves dramatic play right now. LOVES IT. We pretend to be superheroes, pirates and space travelers every single day. And first thing in the morning is no different than the middle of the day -- he hops out of bed, and before having breakfast most days, he is ready to rescue someone or blast into outerspace. He loves imagining himself (and me or Dustin) in all of sorts of awesome, adventureous scenarios. I adore his imagination and find this kind of play to be the cutest thing ever. But...let's be honest, it also zaps my energy quite a bit and I find myself needing to switch things up after a good round of whatever it is we're pretending to be. This is where other activities come to the rescue. We often make art or do a sensory activity (e.g. water play, cloud dough, water beads) and we adore this activity to bring things back down to a quieter, calmer place. Lately, though, we've gotten more into playing board games, and it has been just the ticket. Of course, taking turns can get a little wacky sometimes (most of the time), and I always know when he's bored because he starts changing the rules of the game.
Some of favorites currently are Sneaky Snacky Squirrel and the Goodnight Moon Game (snagged it for 50cents at a yard sale, yes I did). We've also got our eye on a couple of othergames as potential birthday gifts.
Have any good board game suggestions? I love to hear 'em.
I am slowly trying to find the time and energy for crafty pursuits. It's challenging with two little ones, but slowly I think I might be figuring it out. I truly miss making stuff, which I haven't been able to do on a consistent basis since giving birth to Felix almost three years ago (yep, he'll be three in June. nutty, eh?). But every now and again I do find the time and it's thrilling. Sadly, though, I don't often find the extra time needed to photograph and write about it here. Today, I am trying to turn that around.
So...here is a little block puzzle I created for Roman a few weeks ago. I had the super smooth sanded blocks on hand (a big bag was given to me by a woodworker friend) and I knew I wanted to try making a little puzzle. It turned out really cute and was so relaxing to work on. As I worked one evening, Dustin commented that I seemed really calm as I painted. And after a day of hanging with kiddos, calm is what I was looking for. Yes indeed. It was relaxing and satisfying and now Romy gets to bonk himself with blocks ;-)
Hopefully there are more puzzles to come. I have a few littles in mind who are due for a gift.
p.s. Just a reminder that I'm posting over at Habit the entire month of May. Go take a peek.
below are some recent moments captured with my iphone. damn, that thing is handy. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- we've been eating a fair amount of waffles lately. I've started making waffle batter up ahead of time and storing it in the refrigerator. we're trying not to eat them more than a couple of times a week, but they are sooo good and it helps that I've become a pro at getting just the right amount in the waffle iron so clean up is minimal. hate cleaning up a waffle iron with batter running down the sides. not fun.
felix is obessessed with tools -- he has been for a while now. the other day I took him out and let him hammer little nails into a stump I had found and brought home a while back. he was thrilled and luckily no thumbs were injured in the process. must remember to get him going with a little building project soon.
romy must be teething. nothing else can explain the river of drool flowing from that kid's mouth. I had to make a few bibs backed with a thick towel to keep his shirt from getting soaked several times a day!
lots of playing going on around here. we play happy birthday with a playdough cake and toothpick candles daily. and when not celebrating pretend birthdays, we are either building various tracks and towers using a nice set of blocks my mom gifted felix or we're exploring with a magnifying glass (often while wearing a cape).