Ages ago, I used to leave out unannounced art projects, or puzzles, or bowls of feathers, or some other such things for the chicks, with the intention that they'd pass by them and engage with them if they felt motivated to do so. I hadn't done it in a long time, but I recently noticed that there was some crabbiness around these parts in the mornings, so I thought I'd pre-empt that by leaving something fun on the dining table the night before.
I did it for several days in a row, and each day Ninna made a beeline for the table and spent at least twenty minutes (sometimes much longer) working on some art. Bojey also joined in most days, if for a shorter time. One day I forgot, and Ninna said "mama, you forgot our project! I want you to leave us a project every day. It has to be an art project, and I want it to be something different every day."
Well baby girl, that's a tall order, but I'll do what I can. Here's what I left out one night last week--homemade blank books with a rectangle of cardstock for a bookmark:
And with that, I'm off to bed!