Is there anything better than the laughter of young children? I just had to mention today the pure joy i have received this morning while watching the toddler twosome play! Sure there were the inevitable fights and squabbles but there was also chasing, hiding and much giggling….they were in a little world of their own and i just stood back in awe and watched these two little people forging their own unique and special relationship….i really am so lucky to have these two little girls in my life and so grateful to these opportunities that remind me the tough days (read this post!) are the in the minority. How lucky i am to have the opportunity to stay at home with them and share these moments!
We had some fun yesterday with fingerpainting (again..it's our favourite!)….i just try and change the textures and materials so they can enjoy a slightly different experience each time. I used some cellmix granules with water until i achieved a slippery jelly like texture and then added some orange edicol dye (gosh i love that stuff….it washes out so easily and yet makes such brilliant colours…unfortunately i am nearly through my stash from child care days…anyone know where i can buy just some small tubs?!)
Cellmix is very similar to a wallpaper paste and you can use it as a paint (with colour added) or just as a glue paste. It has a wonderful slippery texture and you can make it thinner or thicker. I chose to make it thicker so it was a little like playing with jelly. Easy to clean up too! This activity is all about the process rather than actually ‘producing' anything at the end….but what sensory fun!
Was a great activity that they enjoyed coming back to throughout the morning and easy to hose table (and toddlers) off afterwards!
We also picked the last of the corn whilst outside this morning…this little crop did exceptionally well, not sure what i did differently as i usually have trouble getting the corn to grow big enough to set decent cobs…but I'm not complaining this time….
I hope you have had a lovely day too…what made you smile today i wonder?
Thanks so much for stopping by…
I thought you sounded like a lady who had worked in child care:) I did too a while ago now but the activities you are giving to your girls are so much fun and wonderful for that age who loves to get messy and explore. What a lucky Mum they are to have you home to be able to provide them with such great activities to learn and grow. You did well with the corn too, I bet it tastes good, I’ve never had much success. It grows but ends up being eaten buy bugs. What made me smile, my youngest daughter coming in and bringing me a flower. It always makes me smile knowing she’s thought about me. xx
Hi Catherine….it’s certainly easier to clean up after 2 toddlers than 16 so i am enjoying it a lot more, lol!How lovely receiving your flower, it really is the simple joys isn’t it?
A tip i was given with corn is once the cobs start growing, pinch the top of the husks every few days to squash any bugs that are crawling in there getting ready to chomp!Seems to have helped this time, wish i had planted more!
The Adventurer says
I am impressed you manage to grow corn in your garden:) So far the only vegetable I have mange to grow well is potatoes everything else rots in the ground or is very deformed and weird looking:( Enjoy this time with your little ones as they grow up so darn fast:)
Trust me…i was pretty impressed too, lol! Well, i have rotten luck with potatoes so that’s interesting! Hope you have better luck soon….if deformed the soil may be too hard or claggy and need breaking up? Thanks for stopping by and i am certainly cherishing these early years as my eldest is now 16 and it has gone way too fast!!
this looks about as good as it gets!
Thanks for stopping by, it was indeed a good day!!