Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Hungry Hungry Caterpillar

I've been trying to come up with different activities for the boys and I to do together to help us not get so bored. Lately, I've notice that Josh is acting uninterested in his toys, and doesn't really know what to do during the day. I find myself constantly listing off toys he should go play with, or stuff he can go do, or telling him to go outside, but he doesn't want to...I think he's just sick of doing the same things every day. I've always been pretty good about getting the kids out of the house at least once a day to either do something fun like go to the park, zoo or library, or sometimes we have to run an errand for me, but even with the 2 hour outing, there's still so much time to kill in a day!  I think that has always been the hardest part for me about living away from family. There are SO many days when I wish I could call someone up and say, "we're bored, wanna play?" Josh has always just had me... And I think that's sad. I wish he had cousins and friends to play with on a regular basis. THAT is what I am most excited about moving home for...Josh to have cousins close.
Anyway, that's not what this post was supposed to be about. I just started typing, and I'm sure those run-on sentences didn't even make sense, but that's alright.
My point is, I've noticed that Josh is bored a lot lately so I've been trying to come up with things for us to do together. I got the idea that I was going to find books that I could do an activity with, so I made a list and went to the library.
Yesterday we read the book The Hungry Hungry Caterpillar and made caterpillars out of an egg carton and pipe cleaners. Josh LOVED the book and asked me to read it three times while he was painting and then he asked Beau to read it to him twice more when he got home from school.  He's always love painting, so he really enjoyed making the caterpillar, and Benson even got to paint for his first time. I was seriously impressed with how well he did on his own! 
This little project was definitely a success!