I usually try to have at least one fun snack a week and this is my silly attempt at a groundhog! Although these bear buns were just adorable and could easily pass for a groundhog - I wasn't in the mood to bake the last couple days, so the standby ritz (and baby ritz) crackers, peanut butter, and raisins came out! My 5 year old said that it looks more like a bear, and I agree, but asked her to use her imagination and to just eat it!!! Do let me know if there are some other cute Groundhog day snack ideas!
We had a lot of shadow puppet play this week! It encourages creative thinking and is a great way to talk about shadows. We also played outside at different times during the day and talked about how our shadow changes depending on where the sun is. My 2 year old just stares at me and then will repeat a word like "shadow," so I don't really know exactly how much he does or does not understand! I just know that vocabulary is so important in life and learning to read. Maybe he doesn't get it this time, but I know that he is building these little vocabulary files in his head and that they will make connections when he is ready! More Groundhog Day crafts here.
And don't worry, I don't just do crafty/ cutesy projects all week. We have a LOT of outside free play, open ended art projects, dirt play, Legos and pretend play too. These are just as, if not more important for toddler development!!!! Remember - it really doesn't matter WHAT you do with your kids, just that you ARE doing it with your kids. YES, it is easier have them watch a television show, but if you take that time to snuggle up and read or play with them - you are making so much more of a connection with them. And I believe that parents are not told enough of what an amazing job they are doing. If you are reading this and you are playing with your kid this week - you rock! Give yourself a hug, a smile, or maybe a cup of hot-chocolate as a treat. You are amazing!!!!!