Yesterday we tried doing a couple of creative play times. I always see these great ideas on mommy blogs and think it would be great to try them. Yesterday I actually put one into action. The idea is to use painters tape on the floor to make a target.
You then give the kids a straw to try and blow puff balls from the outside into the center of the target. The person who gets to the middle first wins kind of deal.
It seemed like a great idea since both of our boys love blowing in straws, especially when they are in cups of water. Well, let's just say we may or may not every revisit this activity. J seemed to get the concept but just blew is spit all over the carpet. His attention span which can actually be rather long lasted about two minutes and then he was playing baseball with the straws and puff balls. M just wasn't quite sure about the whole thing
They both played for a few minutes and then decided to chew on the straws or send them flying across the room. And thus ended what I was hoping to be a nice quiet morning of creative play! :-) The tape is still on my living room floor as I felt bad wasting that much tape for just a few minutes of play. I guess I will have to come up with some other type of activity to make sure of the tape squares. Any suggestions would be welcome!
This actually turned out to be one of the most productive side by side play times for the boys. J played for an hour and half and M lasted about 45 minutes. The fun ended when I caught M throwing rice across the room. He quickly lost his rice tub privileges which I think made my point very clear.