I picked Amara up from school the other day. It was early out and I thought we could have a few hours to play together and then I would take her to Tai Kwon Do (I love going and watching her Tai Kwon Do classes!) and afterwards I would take her home. All of this would give us some fun time together and Mommy would get a few hours to herself.
I really thought when she got here that she would immediately want to go out and play on the Slip and Slide. She did not! I think the problem was that it was so hot out that she did not want to leave the comfort of the airconditioned house once she got inside!
So we were left with the age old question of What to Do? I rattled off a few ideas from our craft print outs and the sticky note but nothing seemed to interest her so we went in her room to just kind of look around. She saw her penpal box and sighed that she wished she would get a letter from her penpal. I told her there was no need to wait. She could write to her anytime, she didn’t have to wait to get a letter first. So it was decided. This was what she wanted to do. She took her penpal box out to the table where it would be easier to write and started pulling things out of it.
One of the things was her manilla envelope of personalized stationary that Aunt Sandy had made her for Christmas last year. She had made both Amara and her cousin a set of the stationary in an effort to encourage them to continue to be penpals. Each sheet is different and each sheet has their name and is lined. It is so cute. Amara went through the envelope looking at each sheet trying to decide which one to use. This was an important decission.
She came to the one that had puzzle pieces along the bottom and that was it! She would use the puzzle paper and she would also make one of those tongue depressor puzzles to send with it! This was one of the ideas she had passed on earlier when we reviewed the sticky note. I had seen it over at Gramerly’s blog and I knew we would get to it eventually! All you needed to do was put masking tape on the back of the tongue depressors and then draw a picture or write a note. Take the tape off and you have an instant puzzle.
She had fun writing her letter. She had fun making her puzzle! She even had me take off the tape and scramble it so that she could try and put it together! Quality Check! We sure hope her Cousin liked getting it as much as she liked making it! Check out the marker on Amara’s hands!
Of course by the time the letter was written and the puzzle was made she had thoroughly cooled off and yes, we did have just enough time to play on the Slip and Slide before Tai Kwon Do class. It was a great afternoon.