St. Patrick’s Day was cancelled in our home this year although this is one of MY favourite holidays. Baby L. is too small to understand any of it, and E. was totally uninterested. She didn’t even want to read a book about it.
E. has been into painting recently so I came up with a very easy no-mess painting idea that both of the girls could do. (Like this baby painting)
What you need:
construction paper or cardboard
What we did:
I cut 2 shamrocks out of construction paper, put blobs of green paint on them and slipped them in the zip-lock bags.
I cello-taped L.’s on her highchair but after few poking movements she grabbed the whole thing and pull it off of the tray then threw it away.
When we gave it back to her (after having shown how to spread the paint on her shamrock) she wanted to open the bag.
E. was working on it a little while, pushing the paint into all directions, but I didn’t add enough so she had hard time to spread it everywhere. She needed my help.
At least we finished it but the interest fell from 0 to -5…
Well, I’ve learnt something today… If they’re not interested, don’t push it. Lucky I didn’t spend more than 5 minutes to prepare the activity.
Whenever E, is in the mood (more and more frequently) she shows Baby L. how we do things around a house, how she should eat with a spoon or drink with a straw. Baby Sis always has a great time whenever her Big Sister pays a close attention to her.
Of course, we do it in both languages. It’s great practice for E. and learning opportunity for L.
“Teaching” started when L. was about 6 months old. With flashcards and books:
Later on E. enjoyed feeding Baby Sis to show how to use a spoon.
After a few months now Baby Sis can do it all by herself.
E. is explaining Baby Sis how to unload the dishwasher.
Big Sister is teaching baby L. how to place the dish-washer tablet in.
Then starting the dishwasher.
It’s still housework time. Loading the washing-machine.
“These are your tights” – said E. and put them in the washing-machine. Then L. gave her a purple onesie.
It’s baby L.’s privilege to push the start button.
Drinking with a straw is not a problem if you can watch your Big Sister how to do it.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not all sunshine and lollipops. There are quite a lot of screaming, and some hitting, pinching, scratching when the girls get frustrated in some tense situations. But it’s getting better and better. Now I (and E. too) see the light at the end of the tunnel. All in all, it’s great to have a Big Sister, as well as a Baby Sis.
In the last couple of years there hasn’t been a fixed timetable as for our English usage. There used to be a daily/weekly routine when E. was little but now life has become a little more spontaneous … or shall I say chaotic?
There are 3 fixed activities for the week and these are the following:
Helen Doron English class with L.
Mums’ English Club with both kids
E.’s nanny’s visit
What you see above is the plan, however, several times it is overwritten by illnesses, emergencies or simple laziness. I’m trying hard to include 1-2 hours of active playtime with Baby L., but if I want to be perfectly honest sometimes we go 2-3 days without any English. It makes me sad and worried about her English language development.
I was planning to take E. for a Saturday drama class that is in English but we’ve been ill quite a lot or we had to make up for the lost time at the weekend so I decided to postpone this activity for September.
My hope is to find another nanny for Baby L. as our Canadian nanny only comes to play with E.
I clearly remember the time when E. was as little as Baby L. now and A., our British nanny at that time came to play baby games with her. Such a vivid and lovely memory. I’d like L. to experience the same.
I was checking sitters.hu and also contacted 3 of them but I haven’t received any replies yet. Still hopeful.
So that’s all about our English activities for the year.
Apart from the garlands we made for decorating our flat for the carnival season, E. and I made this really large and spectacular window fan decor.
E. is in the phase of folding. She isn’t interested in folding her clothes (what a pity!) but paper. I thought we should do something with this folding. Well, our window fan decor turned out pretty well.
E. chose 7-8 different coloured paper (A4) and we folded them starting at the short side. When we were finished with all 8 sheets, we started to staple them at the bottom to make a fan. Then we stapled them together on their sides. Actually, E. stapled them very carefully (under my close supervision).
After stapling the sides together, we realised 7 was enough. I put a string on the top of it and hang it in the window.
To be honest after a day I found a middle too scruffy (the staples were visible and there were holes between the sheets so I cut out a circle and glued it in the middle.
Pretty and easy, eh?
How do you decorate your home during the carnival season?
February has come and we are preparing for the carnival (“Farsang” in Hungarian). Although E. keeps telling me it’s not carnival but one of her water friends’ birthday party decorations, I guess we can call these simple paper decor carnival decorations as well.
What you need is
Cut strips of paper. Make a ring (glue the two ends together) and make the next ring so it goes through the first.
Continue until you’ll get a long garland:
Again cut strips of coloured paper (I used A/4 sized paper but the longer the better). Glue two different colour strips together so they form an L shape. Then all you need to do is fold the strips on top of each other. If you run out of paper strips you can glue on some more.
We made both creations in 2 languages as we were working on them for several days. In English we revised the shapes, like rectangle, square and circle and colours. We also used vocabulary like glue, fold, cut, join, hang and decorate just to mention a few.
I’ll come back with a fan kind of decor. The stapler was in great use when we made it. Stay tuned.