That's a great idea. Just get some masking tape and cover what she can reach.
Addy loves to draw on herself too, but it's not a dealbreaker :) I'm kind of strict about not letting her do it if I see it, so she doesn't do it unless I've been ignoring her for too long. Mostly it's just sidewalk chalk, since crayons and colored pencils don't work on skin, and she does NOT get access to markers. My mom let her draw with markers at her house yesterday, and she melted down when I took them away (because we had to leave) so I know she'd love it, but: trouble.
Does she have a high chair? I just let Madison sit in hers and color, that way its still on that plastic surface.
Oh and like Leigh we have a play kitchen too, I also bought a lot of extra little stuff, thats a good 30 mins for Madison too.
Yep, she has a high chair. I pop her up there when she plays with markers. It becomes a lot of work for me when she's in the highchair because it just becomes a game of fetch. I might try pulling her little table in from the back porch and having her do art on that. Then at least she can go play fetch herself.
I would LOVE a play kitchen. Unfortunately, DH saw the lovely kitchen Sara's DH made for Rowan and now he insists on making one himself (THANKS, Sara). Of course, he has no time to make such a thing nor is he artistically inclined in the least. We're one week into "I'm making a stool!" and I still haven't seen anything physically resembling a stool. Yes, there's a 3D computer rendering of a stool but nothing made of wood. He's having an internal debate over the most sound placement of a support bar. Don't you dare mention that it needs to hold no more than the weight of a single human being. So .... Teagan's never getting a play kitchen.
Why aren't you on pinterest?! :p That's where I keep finding things that make me go "oh yeah!" Like bath crayons in the shower. I wrote my grocery list this morning thanks to that! I also found lots of sensory tub ideas there among 1001 other things.
Just hop right on in wherever you want Mel! :)
I so want a play kitchen for Aiden. He likes to steal my kitchen stuff and pretend with it at some point everyday. I was wanting it to be a birthday/Christmas present but maybe I'll get him one early and stay low key and super simple for the holidays.
Erin, can't you sell him on the version of making a play kitchen like we did it? By converting a used entertainment center? Cheap, recycled, and doesn't take more than a single day--just put on some cute paint and knobs and you're pretty much set. Also, my SIL found one for her daughter the previous Christmas on FREECYCLE. It was a really adorable wooden one, barely used. One man's trash...
My DH gets crazy DIY ideas too (about seriously anything I could ever possibly want to buy) and I usually let it go on for a bit, point out how IT'S CLEARLY NOT HAPPENING after he's had a chance for the heat of the idea to settle, and then propose a more realistic solution. Usually that works. Seriously. You know I have a bumper sticker on my car that says "Creativity Before Consumption" and I totally believe that, but at the same time...BEFORE, not entirely instead of even when unrealistic and/or inappropriate. SIGH. Men!
Jackie, we did Adair's for Christmas but I don't think at this age there's anything wrong with keeping holidays simple if you want to make a bigger purchase at another time. It's not like they really get it yet anyway. Play kitchens are AWESOME at this age, and for a while yet! I remember playing with mine when I was like six and seven.
I'm getting really tempted to get one early because the thought of the holidays being even simpler sounds amazing with the new baby. Maybe I'll get him the M&D metal shopping cart then as his big gift. Then maybe I can retire the other two push walkers until the new baby wants them at a year. ;)
This is the main reason I use pinterest is to get all the ideas on toddler activities and crafts. I get recipes too!
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Ditto to the water table and inflatable pool for outside play. He loves those. He also usually climbs onto the water table. Can't really move once he's up there, but he loves it.
Mel, feel free to join anytime.
I'm not on pinterest because I already spend waaaaay too much time talking to you ladies. If I ever join pinterest I might as well give up on ever getting my PhD.
Have you seen pics of Rowan's play kitchen? Its like the end all be all of DIY upcycled play kitchens (not to belittle your play kitchen, Leigh). DH has fanciful ideas of what he'd like to do. Perhaps I can take it upon myself to build one for T this weekend. That'll solve the problem. To the HabiStore!