Saturday, December 28, 2019

365: Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day

December 28 is Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day. I really enjoyed doing this as a child, so I thought maybe Jude would too. Boy oh boy was I wrong.
After nap (mistake one), I modeled making snowflakes. Jude was mildly interested but spent most of the time throwing a Christmas toy at me trying to get me to help him. 
The second mistake was being too lazy to search for his baby scissors. I figured we would work together and he could use the big scissors. We were able to work together for a bit with him on my lap guiding his hands, but Jude wanted to be independent and got frustrated when I didn't allow him to have exactly what he wanted.
The final mistake was trying to get Jude to hold the snowflakes when we were finished. He didn't like them, so he didn't want to hold them. There was a lot of yelling.
The reason that I tell you all about this mess is a reminder to all of you, and me, that if a play activity isn't working move on. It's easy to build up a play activity in your head as something that will be so much fun, but when you go to do it, you little just doesn't like it. We all fall into the trap. Just move on to something else. The wasted time stinks, but both you and your little will end up happier! We moved on, and Jude was content again. Don't force play.

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