On Friday night I’m headed down to California again for a visit with little Nora, my sister and brother-in-law. And that sandwich shop, mmmmmmm (I need to stop talking about the deli or my motives will be discovered).
That leaves daddy with three days of tot care by himself. Perhaps I’ll have some time to write a good post on each of the boys and where they’re at, at two years old. TWO YEARS how did that happen? The first six months were a major time warp and the next were so monumental with huge milestones happening all the time. The next six months felt slower as we were working out kinks of our schedule and learning to deal with tantrums and the last six months have just flown by!
Here are Graham and Miles playing with Play-Doh, which is becoming a daily task for us. When I saw the home made play dough recipes popping up on Pinterest I was reminded of the recipe I received from the Edmonds Family Learning Center. I anticipated making the dough from scratch at home and then collecting cookie cutters and objects from around the house to have them use for playing with the dough.
But then coincidentally Grandma and Nana both gave us original Play-Doh toys over a couple of holidays. Grandma had bought small cups of Play-Doh to give out to the kids on Valentine’s Day and gave us the extras. Nana bought them little suitcases at Christmas to use for restaurant busy bags. She took the Play-Doh supplies out to save until the boys were older and ready. Well, they’re ready!
I had to put my crunchy mommy instincts aside and just make use of the supplies already purchased and ready to go. (I can always make my own play-dough when this stuff runs out right?)
Graham and Miles are still a little young for play dough. It took a couple of times to realize they should be contained in their high chairs when playing. Otherwise they throw it, fight over it, run around with it and leave little bits of the dough around the living room. But if they’re sitting in their chairs then they do a decent job with it. I have to sit with them (or have someone else sit) and remind them to not put the dough in their mouths (“No eat it” says Miles) and help roll out dough when they want to push a cutter into it. (“Roooow it?” says Graham).
It’s a great little motor skill exercise.
And a chance to talk about colors and shapes.
But to them? It’s just play time!
Miles working his motor skills getting all the parts put back in the bag.
And this pose made me chuckle. Graham is supervising Miles and had his hands folded and resting on his tray. I think he approves of Miles’s work.