Here is a quick montage of our activities for the last couple of months leading up to the move and for the two months we have lived here. I just haven't got round to getting them on the blog at the right time.
I'm preparing to get back to Childminding again so will slowly begin to get back into the swing of things :)
We were trying to pack the kitchen and our little helper was being ever so slightly less helpful than he thought he was. So after we finished emptying the drawers I gave him the collection of things that had no obvious use. Sumo had a blast all day - all over the floor!
We took Sumo swimming again today - no pics sadly - he is doing so well now. He went right under the water quite a few times and took it all in his stride, just wiping of his eyes with his hands and carrying on. I can't say how proud I am of him. I feel that our approach to learning to swim organically is definitely the way to go with Sumo. He is learning so fast without ever being taught.
I am a big fan of organic learning, learning through play.
Sumo has been painting rocks with his water paints for the past few days, so today we pulled out some of my oil paints for him to experiment with.
Together we set up a palette and some brushes outside. He was wearing his lovely new art smock he decorated himself with fabric pens and his big brothers old school shirt.
We had one brush for every colour.
But we soon discovered economy children's brushes do not work well with oils, so we switched to cotton buds, which worked soooo much better.
Soon the palette began to look like a cotton bud hedgehog as he mixed the oils to create new colours and shades.
He finally proclaimed he was finished, and went off to play with something else.
Sumo loves to mix, and mash, and create. His favourite play includes all three of these activities, so this was very much enjoyed and will be revisited frequently I think. The rocks are now permanently painted instead of being washed away whenever it rains now (at least they will be when they eventually finish drying). He loves the fact he is impacting on his own environment in a more permanent way. And I loved the fact he was so restrained with the oils - not something he has ever been with waterpaints.
Right, we are off to share this with Childhood 101 for we play Tuesdays. You'll find loads of other ideas and activities there too.
We just popped out to the shop to get some balloons to make some stress balls, only to get home and discover they were tiny little balloons and no good for what we wanted. So we grabbed some old magazines that I had found and cut out some face bits and created our air heads. It ended up being much more fun than stress balls - although we will come back to them when I find large enough balloons. We have 2 lady balloons (one of them is Mrs Elvis if you look closely), 1 bald daddy with a moustache, and 1 Cyclops airhead.
After a couple of days of, 'Mummy play with me!' every five minutes, I realised that somehow Sumo seemed to have forgotten how to play independently. After an inspirational post by a wonderful provider I decided to set up an invitation to play for the morning for Sumo. There was to one side a large box of various cardboard resources, a large box of little people and a box of cars. All kinds of scenarios were played out over the first 3-4 hours of the following mornings, and I got to surf and drink coffee and enjoy watching my son instead of leading his play.
We used up all our squirty paint a couple of weeks ago, and I don't want to buy any more before we move house. Sumo wanted to do some painting however, and he was not going to be fobbed off. So we decided to make some at home, which works really well for Sumo cos he does love to mix, mix, mix.
So, using a new recipe I had found at this blog we got cracking. We chose to use grated chalk to colour our paints rather than food colour. Sumo loved to grate - I would add a pic of it but I have packed my lead and the pic is on the camera not the card. So after the paints were made, and left over night to dry we began to paint up the cardboard castle.
I have decided that rather than updating and organising my regular blog ready for the new house and new life, I will simply retire the old one as it is and begin a brand new one.
This one will be a little different to the old one, in that it will no longer have a weekly menu or plan posted. It will be filled with what we have done, and how we did it. It will be more of a weekly diary than a planner.
I will begin it now as we are getting ready for the move. Sumo has 14 weeks of no nursery or school so I will be keeping a diary of things we have tried that are keeping him occupied and helping him develop.