Over the Christmas period, the weather has been awful. Cyprus isn’t built to deal with rain, and as a result, there isn’t a whole lot to do when it is raining for days on end. A&E have been having lots of fun with their Christmas presents, but with the third long weekend in a row coming up, I felt that we needed to do something completely different to what we have usually been doing. On Friday, I happened upon Maria from Happy Mummy and her lovely blog. It was here I found the idea for a book themed day. Picking a book was the difficult part as we have so many and there are a lot of very firm favourites in our house. I ended up settling on The Very Hungry Caterpillar as it was easy to pull everything together quickly.
Alex has been asking to have a picnic for a long time, but due to the awful weather it just hasn’t been possible. With this in mind, I thought it would be great if we made chocolate chip cupcakes and had a picnic in our living room with some foods that the caterpillar eats. We sat and ate our lunch (all the while wrestling the dogs and the kids away from the cupcakes until they had some ‘decent’ food – mommy guilt NEVER ends!!) and I read the story, all the while discussing the finer points of our food and what he was eating. Alex, in particular, really loved the fact that we were linking the food we were eating with the story. He became so animated and was telling me the story (with the most elaborate hand gestures).
We then did some crafts related to the story. We made a caterpillar out of playdoh, which resulted in some mixy-matchy related incidents and me having to deal with the palpitations associated with the mixing of playdoh – which i HATE! And finally we did some painting. Emma had so much fun painting herself, that there was a big bubble bath when they had finished.
We both work a lot, and with M working 4 out of 5 weekends, Alex and Emma spend a lot of time in playschool and with a babysitter. Just before Christmas, I made the decision to cut back my working hours and to only work weekends in emergencies. Although they were exceptionally well cared for, I really disliked the idea that they were spending more time being cared for than with us. Craft days like this are so simple but they aren’t something we would usually do. Alex wanted to ring my mum last night so he could tell her all about the fun we had and what we ate and made. Seeing the enjoyment they got from something so simple, means that I will definitely make it a priority to do more activities like this in the future.
If you have ever done a book themed day, I would love to hear about it in the comments!