The letter S has been really good. The activities have grabbed the boys’ attention and they have been saying the sound of the letter S this week. Early this morning we spent a good chunk of time just relaxing in our pjs and reading books about the sea and the swamp. Picture a comfy two person chair and ottoman with big fluffy pillows. Now imagine me sitting indian style in the middle of this chair with a boy on each knee. Lance has his rabbit and his mattress pad cuddled with him and James is snuggled up against my shoulder. This was the best hour of reading that I’ve had in a long time and I usually don’t get but 10min of reading in before they are off again. In fact, after I stopped reading, James took the books, looked at the pictures and stacked the booked neatly on the table. He is so into alligators and crocodiles that he leapt in joy and screamed every time we saw a picture of one. I know, he’s weird. He was even fascinated by the albino alligator at the aquarium. He loved when it snapped its jaws. I can picture him being the next crocodile hunter or something equally as risky. Anyways, I’ve digressed. Here are the top four books that we liked this morning. I substituted sea anytime ocean was used.
Later this morning I made a big sensory play area. I put down a shower curtain, put water in one bin then added two drops of blue food coloring to look like the sea, used another bin and put green jello in it to look like a swamp. I threw in some plastic animals that would live in each habitat and let the boys loose.
They felt of everything at first and then they got to playing. They were taking the animals and moving them back and forth between the two bins. Lance would move the snake and say “He goes in the sea” then James would pull him out and say “He goes in the swamp.” At some point all the animals went for a swim together in the sea.
The boys made plopping, slurping and squishing noises to go along with the swamp theme. They got a kick out of that.
As expected, since the swamp was made from food, if you call jello food, some eating happened along the way.
After 30min or so, the boys were up on their feet slinging the animals around and splashing water. All of this was ok until Lance grabbed the swamp bin and threw it across the kitchen. It happened so fast that I didn’t even have time to tell him to put the bin back down on the ground. Here’s my orange rhino toot! I didn’t yell. I stood there for a few minutes looking at what seemed to be a pound of green jello on my floor, then I calmly told the boys to go to their room so I could clean up. It made me laugh to hear them in their room saying spankings were coming, they knew it was wrong. So after I picked it all up I let the boys come back out. I grabbed my mop and got the sticky stuff up before it dried. That left the floor wet and wouldn’t you know, another s word, it was slippery. So we all laughed as we slipped and slided out of the kitchen and off to our nap.