Here is my first update on my New Year’s Resolution. If you haven’t read about my resolution yet, here is the post : https://thebusybaby.wordpress.com/2012/12/31/new-years-resolution/
Day 1 – A helped me make muffins. My parents got A a Kitchen Helper for Christmas this year. A absolutely loves helping me in the kitchen so this was the perfect gift. This might not sound like everyone’s definition of “playing” but A thinks it is! She loves to be a helper. Here is a picture of her helping to stir.
Day 2 – Today we packed up our Christmas decorations and took down our tree. A was incredibly interested in the cleaning up of the pine needles. She liked watching Chris sweep the pine needles off of the front porch. I decided to take her lead and let her “play” clean some things. She mostly used the broom and swept around the house. She liked moving the rugs out of the way just like Mommy and Daddy do.
***Ok so at this point I realize our playing so far sounds like child labor. I promise these are really things that A is interested in, and I try to follow her lead when we play together***
Day 3 – I draped quilts and blankets over our dining room table to make a little tent/fort. A and I read books under there for a while. She liked it so much that we also ate lunch under there. I think this was my favorite thing we did this week. She kept laughing when we were under the table so I could tell she was having fun too. You can tell from the picture how much she enjoyed it.
Day 4 – Today we put colored ice cubes in the tub during bathtime. I found the idea on Pinterest ( http://www.mommysavers.com/frugal-bathtime-fun-for-baby/ ) A really liked this activity. She liked watching the water turn all different colors and kept using the sign for “more” to let me know I needed to hurry up with the next ice cube.
Day 5 – Today A and I went to a Busy Bag Swap with a group of ladies I used to work with. We had such a blast. These teachers are a creative bunch! When we got home A refused to nap (she had consumed her weight in doughnut holes) so we had lots of play time. I let her play with all of her new busy bags, and she had such a great time. If you’re not sure what a busy bag is, here is one website with an explanation : http://www.playcreateexplore.com/p/busy-bags.html There are a million ideas out there and it is a great way to entertain a toddler in and out of the house!
Day 6 – Today Chris and I took A to Petsmart. We have done this many times on rainy or cold days, and she loves it. I think she’d spend hours in there if we let her. She runs back and forth between the fish, birds, and hamsters. We view it as a scaled down, free zoo/aquarium.
I think our first week was a success! I am excited to keep going with my resolution. It really forced me to try some new things with A and bring back some old favorites. It also made me realize that some of the most simple things we do are the most fun for both of us. Looking forward to week 2!