I am taking this opportunity to post a blip in time.
My "little one" - who's not so little anymore - has physically grown so much this past year.
Buga has mastered the jungle gym. Her gross motor skills have matured incredibly in such a short period of time and so has her courage. I love how she jumps right in and wants to explore whatever she can get her hands or body on.
When Boo was about 3.5 months old I put her in a high chair for the first time. She loved being able to sit upright while exploring her toys from a new perspective. We took all the toys off and just put water onto the high chair tray, too...and she loved splishing and splashing in the little bit of water. She ran her fingers through it and over it. Tried to taste it. Grab it. Push it over and off. I love the simplicity of good play. Sometimes you really don't need much. Just imagination and a mind for exploring and discovering - little ones are hardwired with everything required.
Buga is only 3 (well, 3 and a half)...but she has always shown an interest in numbers. She can count pretty well, and can identify all one-digit numbers. Lately she has been reading the clock...but saying each digit instead of the bigger numbers. So she will tell me: "It's 1. 1. 6." Instead of one sixteen. I decided we had better work on the names of the bigger numbers - - she can count much higher and says them, but can't yet identify them. I decided to write numbers on little pumpkins for the autumn season and make a "number line" using the pumpkins. She really liked playing this game....hopefully it will help her begin to identify names of numbers that have more than one digit. I will be doing this again in the winter time with something like snowflakes, gingerbread men, or candy canes, I think.
I am excited to announce our participation in Nice Girl Notes Cute Stuff Sale!! This Saturday, November 19th we will be selling so super Cute Stuff for super Cute Prices! It runs like an online auction - something shows up for a discount - if you are the first to claim it you get it for the discounted price. It sounds like a lot of fun and I am really excited to be a part of it. I've included over a DOZEN different items so get some "Mama May i Shop for Christmas" done while sitting on your sofa sipping hot cocoa. There is a lineup of great shops participating in this event, so have your Gift List out and ready. This Saturday evening from 8 - 11!
I have always loved the ideas of bentos. For adults. For kids. For toddlers. There is just something about cute little colorful foods combined together in a thoughtful way that makes my heart happy. Even though Buga doesn't eat lunch at school or have to bring a lunch to school I found myself investigating bento lunches before the school year began. I decided to buy an arsenal of fun Bento supplies so I could start crafting our lunches this way. I don't do iteveryday but I find it's good practice so that when she does start school I hope to be a little more efficient at packing them. She loves opening her little boxes to see what's inside - like a small nutritious gift for the day - she gets surprised and gets to explore what's inside every lunch. Yum! What do you find yourself packing a lot of for your little ones lunches?
I love when my little one's are left to discover and play with things I've created and made for them. It truly warms my heart like nothing other. Boo absolutely LOVES her Dolliloop. I didn't think she would be ready to play with it for a while, but at 3 months she has already developed a love and bond with her little lovey. She holds her, grabs her, explore her hair...
Buga has always been super into numbers - counting - adding - relating to numerals. I wanted to create something wooden for her to play with that could be around for a while so I created the Count With Me Play Set. She likes lining up the number planks in number order. She also likes counting the disks and laying them out. I liked being able to add a themed manipulative (these cute fish from our Highlights Magazine) to work on some 1:1 Ratios. I think I will expand the set to include numbers > 10 because they seem too easy for her.
If you are interested in a Count With Me Play Set you can find them in my Shop MamaMayi.
With the beginning of the school year comes thoughts of a yummy school lunch. I have been exploring fun ways to present Buga with healthy lunching opportunities and fell in love with Bento style packing. Though she won't be taking lunch to her little school this year, I thought it would be fun to pack up a Bento every now and again when we go out to the park or on car trips. Here is my first attempt. She loved it, and every yummy tidbit inside.
It was a cold and rainy day. My little one needed something inside to play...something Fun. something that would catch her attention and keep her interest. I decided to pull out the Halloween sensory bin toys. I put rice in a super sized salad/mixing bowl (once my grandfather's) - - this thing has to be about 2.5 feet in diameter. The sound of the rice swishing around in the metal bowl was amazing. And it did keep Buga's attention. And it did get all over my floor. But, that's okay for one day....it gave me an excuse to do a detailed vacuuming.
She made Witches Potion, and Halloween stew. She filled up the little pumpkin ice cube trays and emptied them out again. I loved the scratchy Halloween sound the rice made when she stirred her brew. We listened to Halloween music while she played.