Wood Paintings and Da Moff

toddler paint

I am a collector of odds and ends, always thinking that I will have a use for things, mostly to create into projects for M.  A month ago, one of the parents at the preschool approached me and asked if we would like small wood plank donations.  OF COURSE!!  This was such a generous donation, to think her work was going to throw them away.  My mind was already wandering into what we could do with them at the preschool, with four boxes and about 1000 pieces of wood donated to us, I was able to take a few home...

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Pinky Goes to Physio

Pinky the owl

Meet Pinky the Owl.  Two weeks ago, Maliya sat in bed and cradled Pinky in her arms, stroking her slowly and told me "I'm waiting for Auntie Jessie to come see Pinky."  (Jessie is my physiotherapist, also known to Maliya as a fixer of all ouchies.)  Our conversation went like this: Me: Oh, is Pinky ok? M: No Me: What happened? M: He hurt herself. Me: Oh no, where? M: On the head.  She's sleeping, don't wake her up. As the week went on, Maliya continued on about Pinky's ouchy.  Finally Maliya told me that Pinky "bonked his head on...

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“I Made a Wormy”

playdough stars

I first introduced playdough to Maliya back in the fall.  At that time, she would spend about 10-20 minutes with it and be done for the day.  She wouldn't ask for it, but it could occupy her for a while if I brought it out. Above is Maliya with her first batch of playdough.  As usual, she will turn almost anything into some sort of dramatic play.  She was likely singing happy birthday to herself. (Photo from last November) Sometimes I fall into the trap of wanting to introduce new things to Maliya all the time.  As parents we want our children...

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Remnants of Play

At the end of a work day, or a day home with the kiddies for those SAHM/SAHD, wouldn't it be nice to walk into a room and have it all tidy?  Every book on the shelf, toys in the bin or neatly in baskets, and a clear path to walk.  Then we could curl up on the couch with a cup of tea, and a nice book for some me time, or if you're like my husband, curl up with an iPad.  Wouldn't that be nice!?  However, most of the time I walk into a room, and it looks like...

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