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!
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!