Sunday, 28 April 2013
Friday, 26 April 2013
It was an impromptu trip to Stirling for a play date with friends in the afternoon. That meant I had a whole morning where the wee man needed to be occupied. I'm not quite sure what to do in Stirling when it rains and I'll admit on the drive from Glasgow, as it was bucketing it down, I was looking to see what we could do indoors. Thankfully on arrival at Stirling University the weather relented a bit. So with a slight drizzle we ventured forward as the Loch was certainly more appealing than soft play.
The wee man discovered his bag of toys for later so we also took Upsy Daisy, Igglepiggle, a tombliboo, some haahoos, 2 cars, a helicopter, a fire engine and an ambulance as well. We all chatted with the ducks and swans. We found smalls sticks and a very big one too. We found as many stones as we could to throw into the Loch.
Then we were ready for some lunch as long as it was chips with ketchup or should that be ketchup with chips?
I love seeing my wee man playing nicely with and alongside others. We have a regular play date with our friends in Stirling and as the children get bigger they have begun to really enjoy each other's company. It's great to see as they smile with each other, make faces with each other and find the same things amusing. This is my photo of the week.
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
I have slowly built up the wee man's art supplies over the past few months. He has had these stencils for a while and though still not age appropriate according to the packaging we have got lots of fun out of them. It was my soft introduction into the whole arts and crafts world anyway and it was great to help the wee man with his words as each set is around a theme such as transport, animals and well dinosaurs which go roar by the way! Of course it was a great way to get him to use marker pens which he loved so much (trumps crayons big time) in a more "constructive" way! I love to see my wee man learning and being creative and using his imagination and having fun all at once. Before we knew it we invested in his own special chair and just recently he got his very own table. Now all I think I need to do is get him an apron.
Sunday, 21 April 2013
I have a lot of respect for parents who do arts and crafts with their children. The wee man has done a lot with nursery. Yet other than a little bit of crayons and markers at home I have not really explored arts and crafts with the wee man. I then managed to do a bit of gluing and sticking with him lasting all of 5 minutes. I finally decided to play it big and braved up and got the paints out. The only really place to do it is in our kitchen as that is the only non carpeted area in our flat. I got lots of paper and stuck it down with some tape much to the wee man's amusement. He loves tape and I think he thought that was the planned activity. When I got some little finger paint pots out the excitement brewed. He looked at me rather cautiously not really believing that he could stick his finger in and go for it. It was simple really. 3 finger paint pots of blue, green and red. 2 different types of paint brushes. Go. It was all about the process and not really about the end result. It was messy but it was beautiful.
This post was inspired by the wonderful Mammasaurus and her idea of "The Creative Project" to let children lead the way in their creativity.