Quite by accident, I stumbled upon what I have now deemed The Best Invention for Parents of Toddlers. Are you ready...? It's Play-Doh!
When I was in the drug store on Xmas Eve, picking up a few last minute stocking stuffers, I came upon a package of mini-Play-Doh canisters and thought, "I haven't seen these in years. Why not?"
The result: my wildest dreams have come true. Playing with Play-Doh keeps K. entertained for a good 30 minutes, if not more. And those of you with little ones know that any activity that crosses the 15 minute threshold, let alone one half-hour, should be packaged and mass-marketed immediately.
While my brother was here over New Year's, the three of us had a big Play-Doh party. It was a lot of fun. At one point, K. had moved to the other side of the room to play with other toys, while my brother and I remained at the play table, rolling out our dough, braiding it, making various shapes, and squishing it to our hearts' content. I remarked that it was like he and I had gone back in time about 30 years!
Here are some Play-Doh party pics for your enjoyment. The shapes in the photos (if, shockingly, they are not easily identifiable) are a blue airplane (by Uncle C. for Kibi) and a slice of pizza (by moi). Now go buy some for yourselves!