I love my kids more than life, but I'm also a pretty introverted person, and interacting with small loud people all day long takes a lot out of me. I thrive on silence, and I depend on quiet to fuel my creativity. I need consistent time on my own to recharge.
Saturday was a cool, rainy day, and both the kids were cranky with runny noses and sore throats. I spent the morning exclusively with the kids, trying to ease their moods. While Dooter napped, I set up a big painting activity for Yummy (I'm sure Dooter would have loved smearing his hands in the goopy paint, but I am not ready for a rainbow carpet).
Pretend cooking with real ingredients has been a popular and recurring acitivity in our household ever since I saw a post on PlayCreateExplore last year. Yummy gets into a phase with it, asking to "do cooking" every day several times for about a week, then we both forget about it for a month or so until she remembers and gets back into again.
As previously mentioned in this post, a lot of "treasure" is collected around this place. There is always a beautiful (to Yummy) rock or stick or leaf that begs to be collected, and they usually end up in a pile on the deck or in the house. So once thosetreasure bags are filled up, we need a place to empty out the choicest pieces. We tried making a bowl out of baking soda clay, but it crumbled and broke into pieces when it dried. When I saw a tutorial from Simple Daisy for doily bowls , I knew it would make a perfect place to display our natural collections. I love doilies and use them in all sorts of DIY projects: furniture re-upholstery, lamp shades, clothing upcycling, etc. They are super cheap at thrift shops.
Happy Canada Day! On this hot and sunny holiday Monday we are enjoying an icy AND edible red and white sensory bin. Yummy helped me put this quick bin together: some fruit punch flavoured ice cubes in fun shapes, frozen raspberries and strawberries, and a bag of cubed ice.