(Goblin is 33 months)Today is the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. I thought we would celebrate by having an Olympic themed play date with Bubble and Squeak. I made some Olympic rings from Hula hoops. I wanted to buy some in Olympic colours but in true Monko style I left it too late and ended up having to buy candy striped generic hula hoops and cover them in crepe paper.
JDaniel4'sMom blog's olympic breakfast post I also made some Olympic snacks, strawberries, cheese, cucumber, raisins and ricecakes dipped in blue food colouring (a bit of a cheat!). Unfortunately I put them out too early and Goblin decided to make himself cheese and cucumber sandwiches using every last slice of cucumber and every last babybelle.
I should have listened to my concerns because within seconds of the boys discovering the sticks Goblin had accidentally whacked Bubble on the arm while vigorously twirling his stick. And the horror of seeing my son belt another child meant I did't respond well at all. Positive Parenting went out the window as I bellowed at him for hitting despite knowing that he hadn't done it on purpose - he just didn't realise how long the stick was and how close Bubble was. Bubble was very brave and didn't even cry. I surreptitiously removed the sticks from the equation.
My plan had been to introduce a series of games including jumping through the hulahoops; throwing balloons through the hoops; having a race etc. We did do a small amount of this type of play but mainly the boys were happy to play with all the vehicles, the toy lawnmower, and the paddling pool. One of the nice things about Goblin, Bubble and Squeak is that they all have very different toys at their houses, so visiting each other is an opportunity to play with different stuff and often play in a different way.
Playdates with Bubble and Squeak have another very positive aspect. Although all three of us mummies have different parenting styles we all seem to be happy to let the boys work out their problems themselves. I often find when Goblin is playing with kids of parents I don't know so well, I will feel I have to step in and referee. But with Bubble and Squeak I am confident that the boys will be able to find their own solutions (even if a few toddler punches are thrown in the process) and I am not 'expected' by their parents to protect them from my son or my son from them.
Look at them go!
I'm linking this post to the Olympic blog hop where you can find a whole host of Olympic ideas over the 18 days of the Olympics. And keep your eyes peeled back here for a special Paralympic post on 29th August (the opening ceremony of the Paralympic games).
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