A little while back I wrote a post (Help! What can I do with the baby?) about what to do with the baby when Cakey is painting, gluing and drawing. I received some lovely comments and some great suggestions... so I thought I would write an update about my progress crafting with two.
Cakey is now 3 years and 10 months and Boo is 18 months old. A lot has changed over the last three months. Boo MUST BE INVOLVED in everything we do. If she is not included she makes her unhappiness heard across the neighbourhood.
Thankfully she has discovered that the highchair is a good place to be when Cakey is making something. She has a great vantage spot and can insist on having all the materials Cakey has too. Rainydaymum's suggestion to ditch the paper and let her paint straight onto the highchair table works a treat. I just hose the highchair down outside afterwards.
Alissa and Sassy suggested giving Boo a snack to keep her occupied during craft sessions. This works too – unfortunately it works best when the food is of the high-sugar delicious but not nutritious variety!!
Laura commented that she works on her own craft project so that her youngest can attack hers and stay away from her older kids' projects. I use this technique to great effect when we are playing with playdough and duplo.
Christie's tip of taping sticky contact to the table for her to stick and unstick things to was brilliant. The first time we tried this she was very puzzled why the table was so sticky.
Lulu suggested opening up the kitchen cupboards for her to pull out the pots and pans which gave me the idea to have special, craft-time only toys to distract her while Cakey and I make something. This technique did work but she has now reached the age where nothing will distract her from getting stuck into the art and craft.
It is getting easier to craft with two as they get older. Although frustrating at times, I am thankful that Boo likes art and craft. Interestingly, as Boo develops her own likes and dislikes, craft activities have become more of a two-way street. Cakey and I have been influenced by Boo's preferences. Boo loves playdough and her experiments with it has re-invigorated Cakey's interest in playdough too. Boo also loves to paint her hands and Cakey has followed suit. Such fun!!
To end this post I will just say I am looking forward to the end of the 'put everything in my mouth' phase. If it is paint Boo will eat it, if it is glue she will eat it, if it is playdough she will eat it, if it is healthy food she will look at it suspiciously and throw it on the floor.
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