I think my favorite part about this age, (two years) is watching Els start to play with friends. I mean, beyond the scoping, judging, side-by-side playing, tugging and crying and warring – but really interacting and conversing, building sand castles, asking questions, playing — together. It’s […]
Our second book inspired activity was a little lesson in giving.
Since the book centers on a homeless man who encounters a selfless, generous little boy, I thought it would be nice to make our local homeless man a little care package. I got Els involved. After I explained what we were doing and who we were doing it for, she seemed genuinely willing and compassionate.
She decided to ‘share’ her favorite snacks. She also picked out ‘presents’ on her own. Hence, the Hello Kitty band-aids.
She also made the hearts. Foam hearts with foam glitter stickers. PS. If you want your toddler busy, buy them foam boards and stickers. Els loves them. And I love them too. Because I can rest. For 20 minutes.
And there you have it. Although she’s a bit young to fully understand everything, it was fun nevertheless! Especially watching her excitement when picking out snacks, and packing it all up in a bag. (She LOVES packing.) I think she will be even more excited when we drop it off. Either that, or she’ll run the other way and make ‘mommy do it.’
In any case, today, it looked like she loved the idea of giving ‘presents’ just as much as receiving. Which is nice to see in anyone, let alone a toddler.
Don’t forget to check out my PART ONE of David McPhail’s book inspired activities: The teddy bear DIY bento box lunch.
I love libraries. Always have. Something about the smell of old books, the hushed sounds coupled with heavy thuds of books being re-shelved and stacked. Conversing with the librarian, asking questions, looking row by row for books that have been misplaced and then finding it. […]
I saw this list from Hollow Tree Ventures today and I couldn’t help but think: we have the same toddler. And then when I read her hilarious post, I thought, we really have the same toddler. And it’s almost serendipitous, that this came my way today, because I was this close (fingers 1mm apart) to having my baby’s head examined. Like seriously, ‘why are you so bossy?’
My toddler’s demands for the day:
Take your hat off.
Take your sunglasses off.
Get me new pants. Not those ones. These ones.
Read it to me.
Tell it to me.
I want a snack.
Come play with me.
Not that one. This one. Not like that. Mine.
This is yours. (It’s either the smallest one, least tastiest, a color she doesn’t care for, something she has no interest in, a crumb.)
I want naan. (Her word for boob)
Naani. Naani naan. Naan!
(coloring with her) Not like that. Not this color. Like this.
(playing Duplo with her) Let me do it. Not this piece. Make it for me.
(playing Cloud dough with her) Don’t flatten it. Don’t break it. Don’t touch this one.
(telling her a story) Not a pink house. A polka-dotted house! No, not up the mountain. Up the volcano!
And to top the day off, I am not allowed to like zebras because that’s her thing. Same goes for elephants and the character Loopy, from her favorite book. But I am allowed to like camels. And the green sidekick dog, that no one would probably want to be if they were able to choose.
Anyone else have demanding, bossy toddlers?