Real Life Wednesdays: Dinner Time Play FAIL

One night last week I was busy preparing dinner and Pebble just needed me. Quite often she’ll play happily, help me cook or watch Play School while I’m preparing dinner, but on this day she kept saying “play with me, play with me, play with ME!”. I offered puzzles and drawing and play dough, but she was having none of it. I was at the end of my rope and really just needed 10 or 15 minutes to get the dinner organised. I was hit with a sudden jolt of inspiration! I grabbed a tea tray, a couple of bowls and cups and some dried lentils. I set them up on the floor near me for Pebble to play with, and gave myself an imaginary pat on the back for also setting up an activity to put on the blog. How clever was I?

It started well. Some careful pouring and some fun banging with spoons. But. Dried lentils? They can spread a loooooong way on a shiny (freshly vacuumed and mopped!) wood floor. Pebble is a very neat child, but there was no way those lentils were ever going to stay on that tray.

The positive – she did play well on her own and she did “help” me clean up afterwards with a dust pan and brush. And even though I won’t be using this inspiration for an awesome play post, it sure does make a good Real Life Wednesdays post!

Real Life Wednesdays

Have you ever (of course you have!) made one of those decisions with your children that you almost instantly regret? I’m sure I’ll make many more!

11 Replies to “Real Life Wednesdays: Dinner Time Play FAIL”

  1. Looks like she had fun!! I love it! :) My little ones have a “cooking” sensory bin with pinto beans in it. They play with it on a blanket and then I just dump the loose beans from the blanket back into the bin when they’re done. It’s still not a perfect system, but they love it so much I just can’t say no!!

    1. The blanket is a great idea, I’m definitely going to make use of that one. I’m also going to buy some bigger lentils, the little red ones are just so painful to clean up!

    1. Thanks Ronnie, no it wasn’t too bad really, but I certainly found myself thinking “what was I thinking!?”. It was good old bangers and mash that night :) Nothing fancy.
      I may have spruced things up a bit :)

    1. Argh! Rice! Cooked rice is enough of a pain in the butt for me, let along playing with dry rice! I will have to get a big tub for this kind of play. Or just save it for outside :)

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