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Wash those hands!

How many times a day do you wash your hands? How many times a day do your kids? I don’t know about you but my kids love to wash their hands, er, well, play in the sink, that is. I guess every child is like that and every mom is probably after their kids to wash their hands well, especially this time of year with all the colds and other sickness traveling around.

This past week we went to one of our favorite places and suddenly Sweet Pea wanted to wash his hands when we visited the restroom rather than just run out the door like usual. I don’t know if it’s a ‘turned 2 and we’re calling him a big boy’ thing or what, but I’m not minding this sudden infatuation with cleanliness. I snapped this pic of him trying to figure out how the soap dispenser works. Bathrooms are not usually a place where I have my camera ready, but since this was a family bathroom and Hubby was taking care of Cutie Pie I managed to get it out in time. I also wasn’t in as much of a hurry as I usually am in a public restroom because I have seen these bathrooms cleaned so frequently that sometimes I wonder if I’m supposed to tip the bathroom attendant!

Sweet Pea spent some time figuring out how the faucets worked, too, and then we sang our ABCs while he scrubbed and then again while he rinsed, with my assistance. I was pretty impressed that this worked! I know you’re supposed to sing it twice while you scrub, or something like that, but with a play wonderland on the other side of the door and a 4 year old dying to walk out and explore it, not to mention the attention span of a 2 year old even though he was ‘playing’ in water with his hands, I was happy! Now on to maintaining this interest in washing hands in public restrooms…..

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas…

Well, it came and went. We had a long, tiring weekend of celebrating Christ’s birth with family all in different locations. First with Hubby’s family, then with my dad and sister, then my mom, then finally just us. I know it would have been so much easier taking our gifts to one of the celebrations, but I’ve always wanted my kids to experience Christmas in their own home, too, even if it has to be 2 days after the 25th.

My hubby was able to get a video of the kiddos singing and created a video Christmas card for our friends and family. In it my (just about) 4 yr old sang “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas” among other songs. It was adorable! It tickled my heart!

The kiddos received wonderful gifts – construction toys, train toys, books – and have enjoyed playing with them and discovering with them. I cannot pinpoint any one gift that I’d say was the highlight of the  Christmas celebrations, but I can say it was so wonderful to see cherished family in each home that the presents just didn’t seem to matter compared to the memories that were made.

I absolutely love watching my kiddos open their gifts, not because I want new toys to play with, but because the glee they show just tickles my heart. I sometimes find myself wondering if I ever experienced that joy because I just cannot remember it…and so wish I could remember that feeling!

I hope you all enjoyed your holiday and created wonderful memories with loved ones! I’d love to hear about something from this Christmas that tickled your heart or that special memory that was made! Please share!

Another Balancing Act

A little while ago we had some extra wood in our garage from Hubby repairing the deck. Cutie Pie and Sweet Pea were intrigued by it and played outside balancing on it. When the cold and rainy weather set in and we couldn’t get outside as much, I decided to bring a 2 x 4 in while they were playing with their cars and see what happened. It was such fun!

First the kiddos set it on the couch and the toy box making a simple slightly sloping bridge. We talked about whether the cars moved on their own and how quickly. We also talked about why the cars fell off the edge when pushed a little.

Then Cutie Pie had a great idea and put one end of the 2×4 on the back of the couch and let the cars roll down it on their own power. The kiddos were great experimenting with which cars went faster, which went in a straight line down the board, and which flew the farthest. Then they decided to set the track on the board to see if the cars would stop falling off the track and they did, so they made the track run all the way to the floor. I was so impressed they came up with these ideas all on their own and that they were working so well together!

The kiddos then tried to see which cars would jump the farthest and that’s when I put the pillow by the train table! These cars were flying!

When all the experimenting was done, they also decided to run their cars along the board while it was flat on the floor. That’s when Sweet Pea decided to try to balance again! He did so much better, and was so much more confident than just a few months ago!

My kiddos love experimenting. Most of the time we just do simple experiments at the table. It was fun to do something bigger for a change!

We Play – Stickers

Are stickers a fun item for your little one to decorate with? Often during the day Sweet Pea will ‘disappear’. He will suddenly get quiet, and while I can still hear Cutie Pie playing nicely in the other room Sweet Pea will have vanished. These are the times I peek around the corner of the dining room and see him standing at my stash of creative supplies with his hands on the sticker sheets or finding him plastering the room with stickers.

Hubby had the brilliant idea of taping a sheet of paper to the kitchen cupboard at floor height and handing Sweet Pea a sheet of stickers the other night while making dinner. It was so nice to have him having fun mastering his fine motor skills and coordination (peeling the stickers and actually sticking them on the paper not the cupboard) without me having to peel stickers off the floor after the kiddos went to bed! Why didn’t I think of this simple thing before?

Head over to We Play at Childhood 101 to see what other kiddos are up to.

Puppets have manners and Blog Hop

Sweet Pea got the puppets out yesterday and we all got in on the show! Cutie Pie and I spent a lot of time with puppets on our hands being very polite to each other. His blue hippo liked to say please, thank you, how do you do, I’m sorry to hear that and many other niceties. My raccoon and porcupine tried to be very engaging and polite as well. They rehearsed meeting each other, sharing food at a meal, and letting each other go first through a pretend door. It was all so civilized!

I do have to say Hubby and I receive many comments on how polite our children are, but it really does take a lot of work. It was great fun to see Cutie Pie role- and pretend playing like this and to see this behavior in him continue to the same extent through the rest of the day!

Now, won’t you kindly join me in hopping on over to a few blogs and being civilized and polite while meeting some new bloggers?


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Flowers for Great-Grandmother

Great-Grandmother visits once a year from California. We love it when she comes because we love family! This year the boys were old enough that we could actually make something for her that was nice and especially, made by them, not me from them!
I looked around a bit on the internet for ideas and saw several ideas for making flowers from egg cartons. Although I gleaned from these ideas, the end product isn’t necessarily like what I saw on any of the pages I just linked to (yes, there are 3 different ideas, so check them all out). We had two cardboard egg cartons to work with and no pompoms available. I sort of wanted to try using food coloring for the color, I’m not sure why, but it didn’t work very well.
First, after explaining to the boys the process of how we were going to create flowers, I cut out the bowl portions of the egg carton and poked a small hole in the bottom of each. Cutie Pie counted how many ‘flowers’ we had and counted out the same number of pipe cleaners to use as stems.
Then, I rounded the corners and tried to make each ‘flower’ a little different from the next. I thought about cutting each into petals, but working with a little 2-year-old made me hurry along and not do it, but next time I might try it.
Next, Cutie Pie and I placed each flower bottom into a puddle of watered down food coloring (placed in a cup of cupcake tin). While each soaked in its own color, we used eye droppers to drip different colors onto the petals. Unfortunately, the color didn’t soak in very quickly so the colors were pretty muted. This was a great science lesson reinforcing how colors combine to make new colors, though! Sweet Pea was really into this part of it and by the end, all of our flowers were a tint of brown. It was also a great fine-motor exercise for both boys!
Finally, after the flowers were dried on paper towels, Cutie Pie and Sweet Pea poked pipe cleaners through the holes (more fine-motor), bent them into funny shapes to hold them in the flower and stuck them all into a vase.
Here’s the end result, although, like I said the colors turned out muted, so they show up even less in the photo.

 

Next time I think I will try using straight food coloring or a bold paint. I also think making the stems green would make it look nicer, and might also play around with making actual petals. But, for working with a 2-year-old with a short attention span and wanting this to be a project made (almost) completely by the kiddos, I think this turned out great! Great-Grandmother loved them!