Not to be out done by his older brother, Nicholas made his own sunflower seed-butter and jelly sandwich yesterday. (Nut allergy, remember?)
Cooking with children being what it is, a certain Beagle named Buster waited patiently for disaster to ensue. Unfortunately for Buster, nothing happened. Fortunately for Buster, Nicholas fed him the sandwich when I wasn’t looking. Nicholas is not a fan of sandwiches.
Video games are very good for hand eye coordination. (So they say.) You know what else is good and twice as cheap? Lima beans. Take a bag of cheap beans, two bowls, and a spoon. Present it to your 2.5 year old, and prepare to catapult into the Cool Mom Hall of Fame.
They will take their task (moving the beans from one bowl to the other) very seriously.
You can expect a few “bean overboard” moments, but they resolve themselves quickly by hand or by Beagle. Try your hardest to resolve it by hand instead of by Beagle.
Once one bowl is empty, they can repeat the process. Or, you can try to pour the beans back in the bowl if that sounds more exciting. However, your 2.5 year old may notice that every time he approaches the target bowl his pudgy fingers inadvertently pushes it away from him. Troubling.
He has no choice but to put down the bowl and recruit your help as the official target bowl holder. Things move smoothly after that stroke of genius.
I wish my double chin was half as cute.
Hand-Eye Coordination Games: Available at a supermarket and kitchen near you.