Tuesday, August 25, 2009
We made a sweet discovery yesterday! Allergies had gotten the best of me on Sunday night, and Monday morning I arrived at the barn exhausted. My daughter was still in her pajamas, so my mom tucked us both into bed. Ahhh, the rare opportunity of being both mother and daughter. My girl was ready for action long before I was, and gathered a bunch of blocks and little cars to play with amidst the hills and valleys of the blankets. My mother recognized the need for a sturdy play surface and went to find a tray of sorts. A lot of chalkboard projects are happening in the barn kitchen, so she happened to have a portable black board on hand... even better than a tray! Soon we had roads, a pond... an entire village was built. I suddenly got my second wind, and the perfect "stuck in bed-boredom-buster-board" was born!
Think of all the open-ended play opportunities this one tool will afford. We're getting out the farm animals next time. I'll make certain to have one on hand before the cold and flu season hits. You can buy a ready-made chalkboard or create your own with a light-weight piece of wood covered in chalkboard paint. Don't you think these would make wonderful gifts with a little basket of vehicles?