The weather was nice outside so we went out on our patio to play with chalk. We quickly tired of scribbles and coloring ABC bubble letters so I had Pumpkin lay on the ground and quickly traced around her. Together we then colored an outfit and made a face. Then she traced Mommy, I had to help a lot and we colored Mommy. Lots of fun!
The place we live in has a stone kitchen and a laminate hall and living room. We split the rooms and did them on two separate days. Letting your little ones help always lengthens the process by about 3 times, but there is a lot less crying and they aren’t in front of the TV.
We started with the kitchen on day one. First we had to vacuum; we all took turns. Then I filled a bucket of soapy water for myself, a soapy spray bottle for Pumpkin (2 1/2), and gave Buddy (1) his sippy without the plastic stopper so water would pour out. Everyone got a rag and we started scrubbing the stone floor. Eventually Pumpkin abandoned the spray bottle and wanted to dip in the big water bucket. It was a good opportunity to teach her how to wring out a rag. Not the most successful lesson. Buddy soon became fascinated with the soapy water too so I had to find a few toys for him to throw in the ever-growing dirty soapy water. I just had to keep an eye on him to not put those toys in his mouth. And poor Buddy is really into standing and walking at this age so he slipped a few times trying to get near Pumpkin and me. That was the only bout of crying we had.
I waited about a week before we did the living room and hallway. Since I was going to use a mop and I only have one, we waited for Buddy to take a nap. Pumpkin helped lift all the things on the floor up high and then she got to do most of the mopping. I helped lift cords and taught her how to lower the mop handle to get under things like the TV stand. We practiced asking to take a turn and then I could catch the spots she missed. It’s hard being someone who likes to go from point A to point B when cleaning, but letting her help is more important to me. So the whole room got mopped in swirls. Then, I got out two colored towel rags (I let her choose which color she wanted) and we wiped up any excess water so we could put everything back right away, . Then she helped put things back down.
Like I said, a little time consuming, but the cleaning gets done and it was well worth the effort. We celebrated our hard work with snack time!
Pumpkin and Buddy loved this activity! With the summer heat making it too hot to go outside, we built a tent inside! We’d done this previously using the kitchen table, but we decided to make a bigger one in the living room.
The tent took over the living room composed of the couch, folding chairs, card table, and pack ‘n play (on it’s side). We inserted the tunnel as a door and then used a few smaller towels and sheets to make other doorways. We used the folding chairs to make it wider in the middle. (The book and laundry detergent was just to keep the blankets from falling off.)
We brought flashlights under the tent, a large drawing tablet with colored pencils and markers, pillows, blankets. We read lots of books by flashlight. She took a “nap” on the couch which was like a loft in the tent. If we had a small fan, I would have brought that in for a little air circulation; it got a little stuffy. Buddy (not quite one when we did this) loved crawling in and out of the tunnel.