Monday, July 19, 2010

Rainy Day - Art Stuff

Another rainy day in Houston and what are we going to do? Straighten up first. Examples: make beds, dishes in dishwasher, wipe counters and clean off the table. Think about dinner. (Get a head start if possible, a little prep in the morning helps). Now,get out some art supplies: paper, scissors(if people cut), stamps and stamp pads, stickers, markers and crayons. I like to have people work on trays or a washable surface. Then, allow children to choose paper and other supplies. Everyone has their stuff in their place. Put young ones in an appropriate chair too. (Get a cup of tea for yourself) and sit down with them. "What are you going to do with your choices?" Start some conversation and comment on what is happening. (Please, no phones!)
Relax and grab some supplies too. I have found that older children working with younger ones are great teachers. Younger ones simply observe and even absorbs the the older ones activities. The creativity increases as they all work together. Peaceful music may also help the day pass. Talk and listen. Listen and talk as the artists work. Some artists are interested in creating a picture or project, others, especially young ones, are all about the process- how and why does this happen.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Everyday we want LUNCH!

Moms get tired of fixing lunch sometimes. It is wonderful and empowering for a young child to help. I have some terrific pictures to share of an almost almost 3 year old making his sandwich. He pushed the stool up by himself, got out the bread, put on the turkey and added cheese. He needed help with the Sharp knife to cut the sandwich. Check out how proud he is as he carries the plate to the table.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Prepared Place

Children can be a part of daily life if they have a place made for them. The parent is the one who "Prepares the place".
On rainy days, like the ones we are having in Houston, we are forced to be inside. Children are able to help with meals or snacks with just a little parent help.
Put the small plates, glasses, and napkins where children can reach. At lunch time place sandwich fillings on serving plate, and condiments in small containers. Say, " I know you can make your own sandwich." Show them how to spread condiments with the "butter knife" then add filling and top with bread and enjoy! They can make a sandwich for one or for everyone. Everyday is a day to learn new things!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

4th of July Prep with children

Children are a powerful work force! They love to help, working toward independence!
IDEAS:Deviled Eggs
2 year olds and up are great hard boiled egg peelers! Deviled eggs will keep them peeling for a while.(Don't try to wash your hair, stay close!)
Boil eggs, cool completely and then show the child how to tap the large part on counter to crack air space. Carefully lift off shell all the way around. Then rinse in a bowl or under running water depending on the safe peeling spot. Cut eggs,(smaller end to bottom) and lift out yoke with spoon bowl. Mash and stir in desired seasonings. Replaceing the yoke is a tricky skill to learn, so using that old baby spoon( the one with the small bowl and long handle,it may be silver)works well.
Place fiinished eggs on a plate and cover. WONDERFUL JOB!!!.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Rain Day

What to do with your child on a rainy day?
How about throwing a sheet over the dining room table, get a flash light and climb under for a camping experience. Invite your child to bring three things to play with.
Examine the three things and talk about them. Trust me! This will be great fun for you and your child.