November 8, 2010 § 10 Comments
I held this painting session with my child earlier today. He loves “discovering” alphabets, shapes, numbers etc. All day long I keep hearing things like “look mama a W”, “a beeg M”, “look a 15”, “look, look, I found a number 2″…..
So that gave me an idea..I drew numbers, alphabets and different shapes with a white crayon a white paper, and gave those papers to my son to paint over them with watercolors. As he kept painting, shapes and alphabets kept appearing on the paper. He wasn’t prepared for this as I hadn’t explained it to him..so as he proceeded to paint a “bird”, he was surprised to see a number 2 emerging on paper..”look mama my birdie number 2″ (my birdie is a number 2). As soon as he realized there was this treasure of numbers and alphabets hiding on the page, he started painting all over the page to uncover everything 🙂
It was a fun fun exercise for me and him 🙂
November 3, 2010 § 6 Comments
For some strange reasons my son started asking for donuts since Monday. It is strange because we don’t eat or keep donuts in our house. Not because we don’t like donuts..in fact me and my hubby love them so much that we can’t exercise any control whatsoever. So, we were dealing with this temptation by living a donut free life 🙂 Easier said than done, specially if you have a toddler at home. But somehow we have been so busy that a quick run to the market for a box of donuts just did not happen..therefore finally today AFTER 10 YEARS I decided to make donuts for my son..sigh!
Yes, you read it right..the last time I made a fresh batch of donuts was way back in 1999. I used to make them every Friday evening as a treat for my siblings, but then once I went to college and later started working full time..I had no time for making donuts and baking cakes etc.
Anyways, I am glad I still remember the recipe and was able to make my son so happy 🙂 We went a little donut-crazy, and had them for breakfast, some at lunch and the rest we ate up at tea time with his father 🙂
I have a feeling that I will be making these on a regular basis now 🙂
It was a beautiful experience for me..to make something with my son which I used to make with my youngest sister ten years back..he had a great time playing with the dough I gave him..rolling it out and cutting out shapes using cookie cutters. Too bad I was too busy to take any pictures. This reminds me of a recent survey on IKEA’s website..about children’s play called Play Report. I don’t find it surprising that kids love to cook and bake with parents more than any other play activity. I think it is the best opportunity to bond with your child. It gives them a sense of accomplishment, and the skills they learn over the years help them live an independent life.
So get cooking in the kitchen with your kids. If you are worried about the mess (I know I am), then keep the activity in the earlier part of the day so you can clean up before meals time 🙂 Enjoy life, have a donut 🙂