When you have 2 little boys under 2, the only way to survive a day without tantrums because they're frustrated or bored, is to ensure that you have a stream of planned activities to keep them engaged.
That said, some days are more challenging. Last Saturday was one of those days!
The boys were up at 6am refusing to go back to sleep. So they were bathed by 7am, had breakfast by 7.30am and we were at the playground before 8am. By 8.30am, I knew we couldn't spend all morning at the playground. While they ran around harassing other children at the playground, my mind scrambled to think about what we could do next.
I thought I had the perfect activity. I had paints and some vegetables that had been in the fridge for awhile. So i enticed the boys to leave the playground by promising them a funfilled activity of CARROT PRINTING
The boys watched intently as I demonstrated how you pick the carrot, dip the end, that I had cut little shapes, into the paint and then print.
I should have expected what happened next. But I did not!
|Ipin channeling Chanel! Like Mommy, he LOVES bright red lips!|
They both picked up a carrot each, said 'CARROT' gleefully to me and proceeded to try and eat it! My boys love to eat carrots, and I think they thought I was serving them a mid-day snack?
|Ihsan taking on a more emo, rocker, darker kinda look!|
Luckily for me, I used non-toxic paints. So i wasn't quite bothered about them licking up the delish paints! I did have a good time laughing though.
It also got quite funny when Upin found carrot printing himself more interesting.
I do think it was a successful activity. It kept them quite entertained and occupied for awhile, and it certainly amused me. Only problem was that they didn't want to stop, and insisted that we brought the carrots into the shower with them! So the fun continued during their shower!
Hubby, on the other hand, was not amused when I proudly showed him the photos I had taken and shared how they boys had tried to eat the carrots.
He said, " You shouldn't use food items. Vegetables are for eating, not playing!".
I just went..."Oh". Yes, the formally trained early childhood educator had a point. Maybe it wasn't a suitable activity for such young ones. But, I had fun anyway. Next time we use sponges or something lah!