Yummy is fascinated by ice cream cones -I'm not sure if this is a typical kid thing or if it's because she so rarely gets one. Whatever the case, she loves them and often pretends to make them out of balled up socks, cotton handkerchiefs, etc.
I treasure quiet mornings. I love being awake in a sleeping house, sitting on my puffy couch with a hot cup of coffee and seeing what is new and awesome on Pinterest, basking in sheer silence. And I don't particularly like talking for an hour or two, if possible.
Back In The Hills
Since having children (specifically, one that gets up all on her own), those quiet mornings have been shortened, and some days they just don't happen. Getting up at 6:30am helps, but I can't always drag myself out of bed until 7am, a mere 15 minutes before my eldest emerges. A while ago, I came across a post on The Imagination Tree about Creating Invitations to Play -this simple idea has greatly enhanced my mornings! By taking a few minutes in the evening to set something out on Yummy's table, I gain a few more minutes with my coffee and iPad while Yummy explores whatever activity I've set out for her. Dooter usually sleeps in a little later than his sister, so for now I don't set anything out for him, other than the occasional board book for him to peruse.
Simple Set Up & Clean Up
My mission is to keep it simple. It shouldn't take me more than five minutes to set something up and it shouldn't require a whole lot of clean up. I keep a list of ideas tacked inside the art cabinet next to the little table so I don't have to think very hard about what I am doing. I often put the activity on a cookie sheet so it is easy to bring to the sink for cleaning, if needed, or move out of the way if Dooter shouldn't be stuffing it in his mouth.
Yummy is always excited to race upstairs and see what is waiting for her on her table (no matter how simple the activity is) and I have grown to look forward to setting out a surprise activity for her each morning. I like the chance to introduce her to a new combination of art materials, or to bring out something she hasn't looked at in a while. Some of these activities I created beforehand, so they don't take any extra work now to get them out.
Here's my list of Easy Morning Activities:
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