It's raining. It's raining quite a lot and I can't convince him to put on his red all weather suit. It may still be too big for him for all I know.
Indoor activities beckon. My eyelids are heavy because someone was up all night acquiring new teeth. Molars are mean. And late to the party. This kid is three now! The same someone isn't showing any signs of sleepiness following the aforementioned night. My hopes of a lazy cuddle (and a sneaky snooze) on the sofa with a film are dashed.
I'm becoming quite good at putting spins on train activities - I've had a lot of practice. The passing of time I can cope with - each age brings something new; but the day that this boy stops loving trains, should that day arrive, will be a sad day for me after such a long and committed relationship!
Electrical tape and a carpet fueled our day. A day is always off to a good start when something is easy to set up and requires only a basic few components. Floor... yes, yes I have floor. And tape. Hoorah.
I laid the tape, twirling this way and that way. A long train track, a curving road, a rectangular station, a lake - complete with a nursery-crafted salt dough fish, because otherwise it's lake like attributes were limited. Buildings turned to numbers turned to shapes (turned to dog hair covered mass of tape).
The train-focused boy even spent a considerable amount of time tending to his three cars and pushing them up and down the road and along the numbers. Funny things those numbers, just appearing out of nowhere ready to be driven along, traced and pulled apart.
This was all very unplanned - so my design work was shoddy at best, with the tape not being particularly conducive to the curves within our design but it served it's purpose. We had fun, and ripped it all up easily at the end of the day, as if the city had never even existed.
Retreating to the internet and spying this tape town effort along with this, has filled me with inspiration for the next city re-model. Parking spaces and a more realistic road design are now on my to-do list, along with the fabulous ideas I found here, including indoor carpet hopscotch! Shapes. Numbers. Movement. Ideal.
Coming up next week:
We finished our day off by reading our favourite book of the moment, Open Very Carefully, by Nick Bromley. From my point of view - this is just so much fun to read and for my little person - it is so interactive, which is just what he needs at this stage. So check back later this week to see what accompanying activities we have come up with.
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