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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Simple pleasures

I've teamed up with Eco Monkey and trialed the Kneado and 'Everything paint'. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Life is a bit too busy sometimes.  Unleashing a bit of creativity, or at least nurturing it in others is a good way to slow down and focus on the moment.  Over the last few weeks we have been using the Kneado and the 'Everything paint' from Eco Monkey. Eco Monkey is a NZ owned business and their products are natural, allergy free and sustainable.

On Sunday morning I woke up to the sound of L. and E. talking to each other and calling out for me. This is pretty normal in our house.  The problem was that it was 5.20am and I was already feeling tired from a few weeks' worth of broken sleep thanks to winter illnesses  and a particularly tiring week at work.  I really did not want to get up, but with it being my husband's turn to be sick, it really had to be me to get up, so I did.
By 8.30am the three of us had eaten breakfast, were dressed and there were four loads of washing ready to be hung on the line.  The sun was shining, and my two little helpers were eager to come outside with me.  L and E played hide and seek while I hung out the washing. They had spent the week mostly inside so were really enjoying being outside in the fresh air.  And, I have to say fresh air is one of the best remedies for a tired parent (or person for that matter).  The day stretched before us and so we decided to do some painting on the driveway.  I had seen Michelle's post on homemade paint brushes, so I suggested that we made our own.  We gathered some string and ribbon from inside and then some flax leaves, sticks and other leaves to make our brushes. There was a lot of excitement from the opening of the paint packaging, choosing what paints to make up first, making them up and then getting to paint with them.  L. painted a thunderstorm and E. enjoyed dropping flowers into the paint, painting the driveway and her legs.

Flax frond (for painting with) and two of the colours of the Everything Paint in hand, and E is ready to get started. 

Early morning sun, coffee, and two little artists. 

L. painting a thunderstorm 

The Kneado was perfect for that fragile time before dinner. E is transitioning out of naps, and if L has been to Kindy, they might both be very tired as well as very hungry. Our house is not open plan, so if they are not close to me, I find that I have been running out of the kitchen every two minutes for one reason or another. What I have been doing for the last few months is setting either of them, or both up at the table with either drawing supplies (scrapbooks, stickers, scissors and crayons), puzzles or books.  It was lovely to have the Kneado on hand, because with me being gluten free, we don't have any gluten containing flour in our house and making playdough from the flours I had seemed like it would be expensive and time consuming, so playdough had been a Kindy only activity.  The Kneado has kept well in a container in the fridge and has been played with several times.  It is really nice not having that sharp plastic smell that comes with commercially made playdough- it is scented lightly with orange oil which is very subtle. 

E enjoying pressing shapes into the pink Kneado.

L creating a robot dinosaur.

These were simple but delightful pleasures. I love seeing how the two little ones observe, make sense and interact with the world.  I'm going to leave you with something E, said to me last week when I came home from work.  She came to me and gave me a big hug and then said, "I'm really happy Mum."  I asked her what she was happy about, and she said.  "I'm happy about roly polys.' And she promptly got up and went and did one.  Isn't it wonderful how children can exist so purely in the moment and find joy in things like roly polys, making robot dinosaurs and painting their legs? x

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