Hello there! I'm Kathleen, a former art teacher and co-creator of two young boys. I'm perpetually in search of creative ways to spice up our daily lives, and always in search of a good cup of coffee and a knitting project. Join us in our adventures in making and doing, and making do.
Since I'm generally pressed for time and am often doing things one-handed with an infant on my shoulder or in the sling, I'm forced to improvise non-traditional activities with my 3 year old. A few times it's been simple things like "see how far you can kick that rock on the sidewalk" but sometimes I stumble upon something that really gets his attention.
Most recently: "vegetable soup".
I've been making soups of late due to the abundance of produce available, both in our overgrown garden and from roadside stands.
Tomatoes gone wild!
And thank my lucky stars, Soren's been eating it! We were out back one afternoon, and I got out the kiddie pool and let him fill it up. Then while tidying up the yard, I came across an enamel bowl and thought, wow, he might like to make some "vegetable soup."
Sure enough, he did. I never know what kinds of activities will interest him. It seems like the elaborate ones, where I've cut out things from construction paper, etc. never last more than 2 minutes, but this one went on for almost an hour. And picked up again the next day.
All you need is a bowl, a spoon, water, and some plants that you don't mind scavenging from your yard.
We went around, picking leaves, herbs, mushy tomatoes, seed pods and other things, then added them to the soup. S kept asking me for more "secret ingredients"--it was so cute.
When I'd give him the item, we'd decide what kind of veggie it was. Dried hydrangea blossoms stood in for broccoli, green flower stalks were green beans, and peony seed pods were snap peas.
The next day on our walk to the park, he started collecting natural things like pine cones and acorns, to turn into soup the next day. I'm still shocked at how engaged he was with this activity, and it required virtually no set-up or clean-up on my part. Just mommy's attention and time, by far his favorite "toy".