It's been rainy here most of this week (thank-goodness we did get our visit downtown when we did!) so I've been scratching my brain trying to come up with activities while we're passing the time inside. So far the most successful has been the blanket fort. The second most successful, not surprisingly, craft time. I've discovered it's actually kinda hard but at the same time pretty easy to do crafts with a toddler. Hard because the amount of things she can actually do on her own is pretty limited.... (Although I have to say, I'm continually impressed by how much she can do when given the benefit of the doubt!) but at the same time, it doesn't have to be this fancy or elaborate craft - drawing dots with a marker and gluing paper is pretty much her jam. So with this in mind I thought, let's do some Canada themed stuff in honour of Canada's 150 this weekend. We started with the Canadian flag and it worked because I was able to cut out the shapes and she had fun gluing. Some of it must have stuck because I was wearing my Canada shirt today (a day after we did this craft) and she pointed to it and said "Flag on the shirt mama." winwin.
I really liked doing themed sort of activities. I am so that a-type mom who wants to make "learning fun!" (even I'm rolling my own eyes at how dorky that is.)
flora watching the chaos of craft time.
I also had her make a diversity flag because i think our government's support of diversity is pretty amazing. it was actually one of the files I worked on before I left my job last winter and it was so exciting to tell June how diversity was part of being Canadian. in Canada the diversity flag is becoming synonomous with embracing people from all walks of life and origins - and we see diversity as strength. so I was thinking how do you convey this to a two-year-old ? so I explained to her it's the "everybody can play" flag and she responded with "Friends coming over to play with you." (by which she means play with her). I'll take it Juney! You keep being kind girl.
I like the fact that diversity is synonymous with the message behind the rainbow: hope and peace. i looked up the the meaning behind the colours because I had never done that before and it's definitely a symbol that I find a hard time arguing with, if you know what I mean :)
red = life
healing = orange
sunlight = yellow
nature = green
harmony/peace = blue
spirit = purple