I am getting a smidge frustrated with some of Lizzie’s favorite toys. I know I am not alone in this.
She is in love with Thomas and Friends. She is currently working hard to collect all of the little trains from Thomas and Friends. I am thrilled that she is so into these trains. They encourage her to use her imagination, I can teach her different values by playing with her and her trains, and it is something that her brother can play with too!
The only part I don’t like is when she loses one of them. You know, because she is still learning how to put them in one spot when she is done.
So goes our conversations throughout the day:
“Mommy can you find Henry, please?”
“Just a minute Lizzie, let mommy finish washing the dishes. You know, if you put your trains in their box when you are done you will always know where they are.”
But it is lost on her. I think I need to watch her very closely and when she is starting to get distracted – every time she is finished with her trains – teach her to put them back.
Yeah right. She isn’t my only child and I don’t have a house keeper. But it is my never ending goal to teach her to put her trains back where they go.
I felt like I was finally getting somewhere with her when she was picking up her jewellery and putting it back in her jewelry box. I was finding necklaces and bracelets everywhere and then she started to obediently pick them up.
But these trains are more personal than a necklace. She carries them around with her everywhere and as soon as she gets distracted she forgets where she left Emily or Victor.
As with everything in parenting, this will take some patience. I was able to teach her how to pick up her jewelry and I know I can teach her to keep her trains organized. You know what would be a really fun project to help her do this?
Mod Podge/ Deco- Podge a Box!
I am totally going to Hobby Lobby tomorrow, buying a simple wood box, some mod podge glue/glaze, then heading next door to hastings to buy a Thomas & Friends magazine. Then we will cut out pictures of all the different trains and I will let her glue them to the box with the clear glaze! It will me unmistakable where the trains go, since the box will have their pictures on it. Oh she will love this!
I just love creative ideas that burst in my mind!