I try not to spend a ton of time on the computer when the girls are awake (unless it's to do things like find images of giant sea snails or figure out how to explain the mechanics of flight), but I had planned an online meeting/planning session with a friend today during Bojey's nap because it was the only time we could both meet up. I didn't want Ninna to feel neglected by her zombie mother staring at the screen, nor did I want her interrupting me every two seconds to discuss the abilities and limitations of The Magic School Bus, so I carefully crafted a plan of attack. And it looked like this:Some time ago I bought a package of tiny clothespins from the dollar store. I found them in the crafting section, and they seemed to be intended for scrapbooking or some other paper craft. I don't scrapbook, but I could not pass up the package of wee clothespins. I knew we would find a use for them.
When I peeked into the art supply cupboard for something to set out for Ninna this afternoon, inspiration struck. I suspended some embroidery floss over the girls' table as a clothesline and hung the paper doll clothes from the tiny pins. Then I just set out the paper dolls underneath with a saucer filled with the extra clothespins. When Ninna came over to see what I had done, she exclaimed (in a voice that I'm afraid she learned from me) "Oh! Tiny Clothespins!!!! I love it!"
Yep, this is my child.
In typical Ninna manner, she played for awhile but was distracted by the skein of unused embroidery floss I'd inadvertently left on the table. This child absolutely lives for craft supplies of any kind (and scraps of cardboard, unused q-tips...you get the picture) . So she happily spent half of my computer time wrapping embroidery floss around all the knobs on the art supply cabinet.
I'm planning to leave this set-up for another day, at least. Bojey played with it a bit when she woke up from nap, but the tiny clothespins are far beyond her fine motor skill ability. They're a challenge for Ninna, too, but one that is not too far out of her grasp.
Any other ideas for using our wee clothespins? Do miniature things also make you shriek with glee?