Friday, May 27, 2011

Large Scale Art

I bought some poster board at Target the other night and then forgot about it in the car. I finally remembered, and when I pulled it out my daughter's eyes lit up. I pulled out the box of crayons and she got right to work. It was really interesting to watch her color. She started walking around the paper and drawing at the same time.
She then decided she would get better use of the paper lying down. When it was all finished, she was very proud of her work.

Can't Elope

At Trader Joe's there were two word bubble signs attached to some melons. On the Honeydew it said, "Honey, do you want to get married?" and on the cantaloupe it said, "Yes, but we can't elope!" I liked the signs just about as much as my daughter liked scooping the seeds out of the cantaloupe with a giant spoon and then, even before it was cut, taking a giant bite out of this delicious fruit.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Lesson in Produce

At the grocery store today I decided to let my almost 2-year-old pick out whatever she wanted from the produce section. She wanted some ears of corn. I thought it was a great choice. She carried around her two ears of corn our whole trip around the store. I kept telling her it was corn, but I'm not sure she believed me until we got home and peeled off all the leaves. She was pretty surprised when she saw the kernels underneath all the green. She carried her cleaned ears of corn around the house with her for a while, and even tried to take a bite out of one. She then helped me fill up the pot of water and put the corn inside. She was so excited when I put the corn on the table for dinner. I asked her who made the corn and she replied, "MEEEEEE!!!"

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sunny Day

It was finally warm enough to get outside and get acquainted with the hose. I turned it on really low and brought out a big bowl, some measuring cups, and some spoons. My little girl had so much fun splashing around and exploring in the water. While she was playing, little brother kept busy by soaking up the sunshine.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Aren't Pipe Cleaners Great?

Little Chef

Lately I've been really trying to involve my daughter in the dinner making process. It's not easy. Usually, it results in a bigger mess than I would ever have flying solo, but I believe it's been good bonding time for the two of us. Recently I discovered a good way to involve her. I have her transfer lots of little items into the dish. For example, this was a pasta casserole. I had her put the noodles in one at a time from the box to the dish. The other day we made chocolate chip muffins. She was in charge of moving the chocolate chips from the little bowl and put them in the big bowl while I put together and stirred the other ingredients. Hopefully I can keep finding ways to involve her in the dinner making process.