We are reading Blueberries for Sal, and Mr. T seems to be enjoying it, in short doses 🙂 He has the patience of his mother so we take it a few pages at a time. This activity is the first of several we are going to be doing to go along with this sweet book.
Mr. T likes the noises mommy makes when we read about picking the berries. I got him his own little pail (at the dollar bin) last year so he could help me pick berries from our garden this summer, and I pulled it out so he could pick some berries inside.
He really enjoyed throwing the berries into the pail to get the right noise. And he was taking his job very seriously. After we got all the berries “picked”, it was time to wash them so we could use them for baking.
Mr. T loves it when he gets to play in the water out of the tub. We don’t do as much water play in the winter, since I find it easier to clean up a dish tub full of water on the deck than from the kitchen. But this time, Mr. T did not dump out the entire tub of water! Progress! Yay!
After they were washed, I let Mr. T take the colander out of the water and let it drain. We took a lunch break and it was time for Mr. T’s nap. While he slept, I set us up for an afternoon of baking blueberry chocolate chip muffins. Yummy!
Mr. T still has to have a little help keeping his sifter over the bowl while he’s sifting, but he is getting so much better with it! (It is a wonderful little sifter from Small Hands)
It takes Mr. T a few minutes, but he eventually gets his liquid ingredients all whisked together. It is so sweet watching him concentrate so hard on whisking. He really does a wonderful job all by himself. (Sniff, sometimes the independence fostered by Montessori methods is a little difficult on mommy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!)
Folding in blueberries with his piggy spatula. It matches the piggy timer I still insist no kitchen should be without 😉
Not thrilled about having to wait an entire 25 minutes.
And our super yummy muffins! So far, we are really enjoying Blueberries for Sal. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend it for ages toddler through adult. It is a wonderful book!
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