All shades of Purple

Because purple is my favorite color.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

If this post has a point, I promise it isn't "let go and have fun"

So, I've been doing that whole, "I've been away from my blog to long, what do I post about first?" thing. Here's a break for you, we'll just pretend I was never gone. Not that we are back to Purple Programming since I'm not sure I even remember what that is. Plus, I have an allergy attack/cold/death spell going on here.
But what I wanted to blog about today was this:
1) The Eager Helper comes running into the kitchen with her toy dishes. She holds up a fork and a plate and asks, "Does the fork go on the right or the left?" I show her which is the left side of the plate and she runs happily back to set up her tea party. Except she runs back and forth asking about each piece. Later, when I go into her room and notice absolutely correct place settings for each attendee, I feel a pang of guilt along with the pride. Yes, I want her to be smart and observant, but I was hoping that OCD was not hereditary.

2) Speaking of OCD, the Eager Helper really isn't all that bad. For example, she uses a napkin during mealtime, but not fastidiously. I think there is a certain crumb count that she finds acceptable, as well as a certain level of stickiness. That said, there are some crafts she doesn't get terribly enthusiastic about in an immediate way. Okay. This segue isn't working and I can't keep setting the scenario up so I'll switch gears and just dive right in. We recently checked Apples, Apples, Apples out from the library, and in it, the little girl bunny makes a stamp from an apple core. We tried it today and it was a big hit. Except that I used finger paint to dip the "stamp" in and it was too thick. So it turned into "apple" painting, as she swabbed the little stamp around the paper. And since I try very hard to let craft time be creative (instead of being my usual controlling self) I let her go with the painting. And then as she seemed uncertain about the paint getting on her hands I realized that this was a great way to work her into finger painting at her own pace. I half-heartedly wiped her fingers when she asked me to and she did eventually get caught up in painting enough not to mind so much. And then we had less paint so the stamp started "stamping" a little better and then she was finger painting and then hand painting! Guess what? It didn't hurt either of us to make a mess and have some fun.


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