For the past few weeks I have been focusing on doing a little lesson with my 2 year old a few times a week. We have started working on our colors and identifying them out in the "world."
One day we did green. We went through my craft box and found all the green things we could find, pom poms, stickers, foam letters. You name it we found it. Then we went through some of my recent magazines (my Ballards, Pottery Barn and Parenting magazine. Lol Its all I had on hand!) We then cut out all the pictures we could find of green things. She really enjoyed it and we had about a half hour of fun with it! Here is the finished product. Pretty fun right?
So the next day, because the "Green Day" was such a success, I thought we would try it again, only with Red. Now, the thing about 2 year olds is that they have the attention span of a gnat, and if they have already sat with one thing, they need something different the next time. Lesson learned for mom! We started off doing the same thing, finding all the red things in the magazines, but she was NOT interested. Thinking quick on my feet, I quick grabbed two toilet paper rolls that I had just thrown out (don't worry, they weren't dirty) and we used them as our "Pirate Telescopes." I had her wander around the house and find as many red things as she could find and put them on the coffee table. She was so funny finding all her red things and "looking like a pirate," she kept telling me. She found some red ribbon and 2 red beads that I quickly turned into a necklace, as you can see below. She wore it proudly for her daddy that night.
Here is her collection of Red things. She did pretty good!
I guess the thing I am getting at with this post is that it doesn't take any money or any skills to teach your child something. The best part about these activities was that we got to be silly, spend time with one another and explore, even if it was around the house. I have really come to cherish those small moments lately. Things have been nuts around here with family gatherings, trips to the doctor, starting Christmas projects, and pretty much anything under the sun. But I have started to slow down a bit, take in these wonderful little moments, and really savor them. Its been nice and I am thankful that I am one of the lucky few that gets to stay home and teach and learn from my kids. Best job in the world really.