I know I’ve mentioned it here before, but we’re getting ready to enter the gloomy, rainy season here in Seattle. Having a toddler trapped indoors for months on end is a daunting feeling on it’s own, but coupling that with a newborn in the house has me prepping and planning to get ourselves as prepared as possible.
We’re planning to get a play kitchen and a new magnet wall that will hopefully occupy him while I’m tending to baby brother or assembling lunches. But I’m also looking for more things that Cullen and I can do together inside – not just resources for independent play.
We are finally getting to a stage where he is embracing arts and crafts. I feel like I’ve been waiting for this for so long! For what has felt like his whole life (and I guess kind of has been), he has had no interest in crayons and paper beyond sticking them in his mouth and eating them.
Finally, we’ve reached a stage where he likes grabbing a fat crayon and making lines all over the page. More than anything, he likes instructing me and telling me what he wants me to draw. He’s quickly learning things like shapes and colors, and drawing has really helped speed that process along. He asks me to draw circles, and I draw them in several different colors. Then we practice identifying them over and over again. I also pick things that I know he doesn’t know quite yet, in an effort to try to teach him new words and concepts.
We just bought a set of finger paints and he’s been begging to do it every day since. I’m glad he’s showing such an interest, and that it’s something that will hopefully keep us feeling cheerful and colorful during a gloomy winter.