Little red, pink, lavender and white play doh cans for Little Miss's Valentines Day cards= $6.00 Valentine's long sleeve T-shirt from Target=$6.00 happy faces... and a hug between Little Miss and Little Man = PRICELESS.
If you are a stay at home parent to a young one or ones you know we are always searching for fun (and FREE) things to do. Well, we have recently discovered story time at Barnes and Noble. If you search on their site for your location, I am sure one nearby offers this event. Basically, they read a book and then do a small arts and crafts project. And it is all free. Today they even passed out a sample of sugar cookie and smoothie from the store's Starbucks.
We had a nice time even tough Little Man refused to sit with the other kids and kind of freaked out while doing his project if another kid even came by. I guess he is still a little young for the whole thing, but Little Miss was very into it. When the storyteller asked about the kids' routines in getting ready for school she loudly proclaimed that she doesn't have an alarm clock. Everyone looked our way so I explained, "We don't need one because you get both of us up everyday at 7am sharp." At which point there was a lot of nodding and smiling as we all concurred that kids are the best alarm clocks ever invented.
Of course, their favorite part of the event was getting full sized smoothies and a new book. So I guess it wasn't free after all, but it was certainly fun.
The coolest thing about letting the kids do their own thing during playtime is to see the results of how creatively they play with their toys. The pretend food doesnt stay in the kitchen, the blocks arent just used to construct buildings and the dolls aren't always placed around a table. Today after my shower I found these:
The bins are from Little Man's shelving unit. I am not sure what the dolls were doing on them. Sleeping?
Then I saw this...
Notice the bite marks? Yes, that is what happens when our little guy gets angry. Ummm, yes there are a lot of bite marks.
And just so you don't think my kids are organizational freaks, I also found this...