Elliott loves to watch Barney. LOVES. Everything they do on Barney, she will then do later while playing. On the show, when a character is sad, they sing this song about “never doing anything right…” and my daughter now sings it when she’s in trouble or frustrated. She goes and sits on her bed, sings the song, and wears a super-sad face. It’s, seriously, like the Barney suicide song. And when Ellie sings it, it’s sad and funny all at the same time. My daughter is so dramatic–I don’t know where she gets it.
On Barney she also learned what a telescope was. And now anything she can hold up to her eye and look through is a telescope. Although she closes the eye she’s supposed to look through, so we’re still working on that part.
In the linen closet, she found a pack of lint roller refills and decided they were a telescope. So now they stay in her room with the rest of her toys. It looks kind of silly to see them in her toy box, but she definitely uses them as a toy. Genius, really.
So I thought it would be fun to give her an empty paper towel roll to decorate and use as a telescope. She also thought it was a good idea…
Elliott had fun coloring on something other than her coloring books and then she got to play with it. Cheap and easy–my kind of project.
On a not-so-good-idea note: later that week, we were heading to our friend Neil’s wedding. Wrapping the present took the last of the wrapping paper so I gave the cardboard roll to Ellie to play with. She was in the living room looking at things through her giant telescope when I called her into the kitchen for something. Well, since she’s two, she tried to walk into the kitchen with the telescope still on her eye. Can you see where this is going? Well, good for you, because I didn’t…
While trying to walk into the kitchen, she, of course, ran into the wall with her giant telescope and hurt herself. It did leave a nice little ring around her eye for the rest of the day. So Elliott spent the day (wedding and all) with a quasi-black eye.
She can thank me later for that one.