Lately, M2 has seemed bored and is struggling with sharing Mommy with B. Her speech therapist suggested trying some new activities with her. I love this idea as it allows her to try new things and gives her the important special Mommy time she craves. The past few weeks I've gotten a bunch of craft projects and new activities for her.
She loves anything art or cooking related so that's my focus. I ended up with a large diaper box (I'm going to have to figure out better storage and organization) of craft supplies and fun things to try. I also have a few ideas for cooking that aren't in the box since food doesn't really do well stored like that. The plan is to parse out the activities with one or two a week to keep the newness going as long as possible. As we do activities, I'll share them with you.
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Last week I pulled out window clings and washable window markers for her to try. M2 LOVED them. We started with the clings. I handed her one at a time to put up however she wanted. The puppies and kitties were a hit. Then we got into the markers. Being able to scribble all over the windows entertained her so much that when it was time to stop she had a total fit. Bringing them out again later in the week proved to amuse her just as much. All I had to do was be sure she didn't get marker on anything but the window and if she did, wash it right away.
|Serious creation is going on here|
We used the Crayola brand window markers. Being Crayola, they are non-toxic and had no smell. These aren't the type you can leave on for long periods. I washed it all off within an hour or two of finishing. The color does come off the easily, even when she got marks on the woodwork and window panes. Cleaning the windows led to lots of smears, though. It took me a few passes and 10 minutes with Windex to get it all cleaned off. The colors also aren't as vibrant as I'd like. You'll notice in the pictures that the marker didn't come off M2's hands as easily. With washing a bit came off then just had to wear off over a few days. I still plan to keep using the markers, especially since M2 loves them. They're just a bit disappointing from an adult perspective. From a kid's view, they're wonderful.
|Ewww, marker hands|
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