We successfully released another little froglet back into the wild.
A wasp flew into the house, much to Aaron’s fascination. We got out some of our books about insects for him to find out more. He asked lots of questions about how the wasps find their way around and how the sting comes out of the abdomen. This kind of learning is part of our daily life and often slips by unnoticed.
On Wednesday we did lots of pretend cooking play. I got the children’s cooking equipment out of their kitchen cupboard and added it to the stuff in the play kitchen. We used loose parts such as conkers, pinecones, pebbles and shells as food. We do have a small set of wooden cutting veg but I’ve noticed that the children play much more imaginatively with the open-ended loose parts.
Tabitha used tongs to transfer the pinecones into cupcases and baked her “apple pies” in the oven. Little F did lots of stirring, whisking and transferring items between different containers. She figured out how to squeeze the tongs but they spring open too wide for her little hands to use properly, so I need to get another pair.
Eventually the play developed into a cafe. Aaron wrote out this menu with prices.
He practised giving his customers the correct change.
Then the children helped me do some real cooking by grating courgettes and picking herbs from our balcony baskets to make fritters for lunch.
Playing with the sand has also been popular this week.
On Thursday we had a wonderful time in the park with friends. It was freezing cold but the company was the best. Running around pretending to be a shark, octopus, colossal squid or various other creatures kept us warm!
We had to wait in on Friday for a delivery. Tabitha is keen on puzzles at the moment so we spent ages making the same puzzles over and over again. I set up an invitation to play, with some baskets of blocks and wooden people and our large acrylic mirror. Tabitha built a slide for the people and Aaron created “the grand old duke of York and his ten thousand men”.
Today we’ve all been working hard cleaning our new-to-us car! It’s been given to us by my lovely in-laws. I haven’t driven for about 4 years and only occasionally in the 7 years since I passed my test, so my parents took me out for some practice yesterday evening before flying off to France. I’m feeling a lot more confident already. This morning we took the car over to their driveway and spent several hours hoovering, scrubbing and washing it.
Tabitha was sick several times today, hence why she is wearing the seat belt instead of her impact shield. I don’t think it was my driving as she threw up all over the supermarket floor too!
Colin has next week booked off work so we are looking forward to some lovely family days out. We’ve managed fine without a car until now but this will open up so many new and exciting opportunities!
This morning I put together an Easter/spring-themed sensory box with plastic eggs, chicks, shredded paper, polka dot cupcake cases and rainbow rice. I’ve finally got round to purchasing a couple of 32 litre under-the-bed storage boxes to use for sensory play instead of our giant seed trays. At the end of each play session I will now be able to just put the lids on ready for another day, rather than having to pack it all away each time.
The children have spent hours and hours playing with it today. Opening and closing the eggs, building nests, “incubating” the eggs and watching baby chicks “hatch out”, scooping and pouring the rice, acting out little story lines, discussing the difference between fertilised and unfertilised eggs, reading “Pig’s Egg”, carrying the eggs around in the giant egg-shaped case they came in, and probably plenty more games that I’ve forgotten.
“These two aren’t the same colour. . .
“Mummy, I’m going to cook boiled eggs!”
This must be one of the most successful sensory boxes/trays I’ve done so far! The plastic eggs have been a huge hit, I’m really glad I bought them as I generally begrudge spending money on plastic tat.
The children have been playing dressing-up literally all day! They started off this morning as police officers, writing things down in their notebooks. Tabitha asked me very seriously “how do you spell jail?” and then “how do you spell police?”. I spelled out the letters and she listened carefully, making squiggles in her notebook.
By lunchtime they were fire fighters and spent the afternoon putting out fires, rescuing cats from trees and reenacting scenes from Fireman Sam (why do I have to be Trevor Evans?!).
This evening they were doctors and vets. I gave them an old first aid kit full of out-of-date supplies and they spent a long time bandaging me, Colin and each other. At one point Tabitha was a cat with a poorly tail which Aaron had to bandage! He did quite a good job for a non-existent body part.
I know I’ve been rather quiet around here lately. Things have been busy as we settle into a new rhythm of life with Colin and I both working, although I’m only doing a few hours a week at the moment. Having to share his home and his mummy with other children has been much harder for Aaron than I anticipated, although he’s been going through a difficult patch since just before Christmas anyway. I’m hoping they will both adjust soon, as I have a family coming to see me tomorrow about possibly caring for their 8 month old. Eeek!
Come back and visit soon, as I’ll be posting about a fun water play setup in the next few days!