The last two weeks haven’t been the most productive weeks around here, largely due to health issues. Last week, my husband injured his shoulder and then I got an abscess, which the doctor was concerned was MRSA (the flesh eating bacteria). Fortunately, the MRSA cultures finally came back negative, but it was extremely painful and time-consuming to deal with. Then this week, Gohan got a bad cold. So we stayed home a lot the last two week and I am feeling a bit stir crazy.
Dora, being a toddler, still stays busy, not matter how sick anyone is. She also seems to have some wonder immune system and doesn’t get sick to speak of (knock on wood). Fortunately, I had stocked up on a few toys to pull out in the event of a boredom emergency, because
we I seriously needed them this week, being cooped up so much.
We did continue to focus on our winter theme. As such, I tried to teach Dora the basics of tic-tac-toe with this snowman-themed game:
The game’s real rules involve trying to build two snowmen by adding pieces on top of each other, but she wasn’t having anything to do with playing a game anyway. She took all of the snowman pieces, sans the hats, and carried them around in this cheap Valentine’s basket we had bought. She is still carrying those snowmen around today and has even taken them to bed with her. If you try to put the hats in with the snowmen, she gets really mad and will throw the hats across the room. I’m not really sure what that is all about…
We did paint some stained glass snowflakes, which she really enjoyed doing. Gohan even joined in on the fun, as did Secunda and Tertia.
We also made our January play dough. I did not color this dough and scented it with a bit of peppermint, to make it more like snow. I don’t have bleached flour, however, so it wasn’t super white in color. We made snow men out of the dough and we were going to use beads for the eyes and buttons, but Dora just took off with the beads and wanted to decorate the whole thing with beads. Working with beads in dough is excellent fine motor skills practice, so I was excited to see her do this.
The recipe I used to make the play dough is the basic one that I have used for all our play doughs:
What You Will Need:
- 1 cup of flour
- 1/2 cup of salt
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon of cream of tarter
- 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract
- Mix all the ingredients together in a large sauce pan.
- Place on medium high heat on the stove
- Stir frequently until the dough starts pulling away from the sides of the pan. Remove from the stove.
- Once the dough has cooled enough to handle, knead the dough.
- Store in airtight container.
I then tried to make faux snow, using this recipe. I wanted something that really resembled snow, but was moldable so that Dora could make snowballs. I was not able to find Ivory Snow laundry soap, however, so I had the “brilliant” idea of grating up Fels Naptha, which is also laundry soap, instead. First of all, Fels Naptha is too yellow. As Gohan said, it looked like snow that someone had peed on. Secondly, the whole thing just made a big mess. The incident will forever more be known as the “soap incident”. After cleaning it up, both Dora and I were so exhausted, we went to bed at 7:30 PM without even eating dinner.
We read several books about bears and discussed that some bears hibernate during the winter. Her favorite bear book was this beautifully illustrated version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
She also liked this simple book about bears, which discusses the different type of bears that can be found around the world.
Finally, we took the opportunity to play with her teddy bear counters. I found these teddy bear pattern cards and wanted to see what she did with them. She loved matching her teddy bear counters to the pictures, but did not get the idea of continuing the pattern at all (she is only two, I know, I just wanted to see what she would do).
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