I like pretending I’m down with the natural parents. We have modelling beeswax and blocks made from sustainable artisan wood sources, our play kitchen is made from eco-friendly materials and painted with non-toxic paint. A lot of our stuff is handmade, homemade, op-shopped and recycled. I really do feel an affinity for that type of environment, and I try to incorporate the ideas and experiences as much as I can.And then they watch four episodes of Cloudbabies in a row and fight over the Littlest Pet Shop animals.I just cant resist those damn little bug-eyed creatures.It is important to me that they get outside and get thoroughly grotty, digging up worms and finding sticks. They are just starting to be interested in a wider range of things, and Abby’s capacity for understanding conceptual things is growing so fast I can barely keep up. So the idea of a nature table is something she can grasp and almost see the value of, rather than just think it is a bunch of rocks on a table, just another thing to fling to the floor on the quest for complete destruction.So it’s time for me to pretend I know what I’m doing. While Pepper is eating sand, and Abby bobs around in the surf on her “skateboard” (she can understand a nature table, but not remember the word “kickboard”), I dig about and find some fun things for them to look at and touch.I also still scream when I very nearly stand on a jellyfish.
I am so not cut out for the natural world.
But if anything, washing these items gives the brats something to do (when they’re not fighting over the bowl and the washer), and some cool stuff for show and tell at day care.