This was one of those weeks where I was supposed to be on my own with the kids. Dada was scheduled to fly to the other side of the country for work commitments so I knew I was going to have to get organized and get some activities ready for when the twinkies came home from day care. That way I would have a little bit of time to prepare dinner before all hell broke loose from a fierce combination of hungry tummies and tired twinkies.
A quick trip to the local dollar store before picking the twinkies up from daycare yielded fabulous results! The store had recently put out all of their Hallowe’en decorations (my favourite holiday of the year, by the way, and a time when we celebrate with large meals, music and dancing!) and I found a $3 craft kit complete with pom-poms, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners. Throw in some sparkly mini pumpkins and a bunch of plastic bugs and you’ve got yourself an interesting little sensory bin. Honestly, I knew the twinkies would be all over these bins at a minimum because they love the creepy little bug toys and, of course, anything sparkly 🙂
I’ve found that as the twinkies’ language is developing, so is their attention span to these sensory-type activities. Whether the two are related I’m not sure but it seems like too much of a coincidence to deny. Don’t get me wrong, there are days where if I put a bin of dry rice in front of them they will simply flip it over in dramatic style and walk away – leaving Mama to clean up the rice from every crack and crevice in the house. But lately, there have also been those other days where a sensory bin will keep them occupied for 30 minutes at least. Luckily, last night was a time when they were totally enthralled with their sensory bins and I was freed up to get dinner ready.