Will has been finding more time for imaginary play, with Owen and alone.
Will and I have been enjoying cooking together during Owen’s afternoon naps. (I agree with food writer Nigella Lawson -- who talked on the subject on NPR yesterday morning -- that it makes sense to have kids join you in the kitchen, assuming they’re in the mood, rather than wishing them away. Lawson also offers some recipes for kid chefs.) At 4 Will can finally actually speed up a cooking project instead of slowing me down – especially if we’re baking oatmeal cookies or cornbread.
And Will and his mimic, Owen, have been making lots of time for art. Today Will asked me to move our kids table directly in front of the screen door that looks out on our carport so that he could sketch the tires on our car. Later he decided he wanted to paint a picture of something outside our front window, so we set up his easel on our tiny front porch stoop and he painted the house across the street. At one point mid-painting, the mail man came, delivered the mail directly to Will and offered a favorable critique of his painting.
After Owen’s nap, we used up the leftover paint inside.
What are your kids finding time to enjoy now that summer has arrived?