Learning from the Small Ones

December 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm Leave a comment

It’s easy to forget what makes toddlers laugh, the little things that amuse them. Like standing on one’s head or playing peek-a-boo from under a table or blanket.

My husband and I babysat our two small grandchildren in the summer when their regular babysitter was on vacation.  We learned anew that:

high chairs and tables make great crawl-under structures

it’s funny to wear a sandbucket on one’s head as if it were a hat

blowing  soap  bubbles outdoors and chasing them is fun

simple food is best,  not mixed together, except for  macaroni and cheese

popsicles drip, but they taste good

cereal and cucumbers make a fine snack, as do the tiny tomatoes growing in the garden

water play is fun and the splashpad at the waterpark too


[In early December] Some things we remembered this weekend


it takes longer to get ready for outdoors

mittens make it harder to hold on to things

sometimes we just want to play in the house

we can play the piano and make up our own songs

we can make snowmen with playdough, then smush them into a blob, and

look out the window at dogs and people going by

“Grandma, I want a nack [snack].”


From Grandma’s point of view, a small one in winter jacket, mittens, and boots looks like the Michelin Man, only much cuter.



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