For Pond @ 2.5 Years:
Gerda Muller's Seasons Books. So sweet with no text, just children doing what they do when outside.
Thin beeswax in every color. For sculpting, hole punching, decorating. It takes a bit of quiet & patience to melt the wax, then it makes your hands all warm & honey-smelling. With plants dyes & no stick, this is as clean as sculpting gets.
Old-fashioned clothesline & clothespins with drawstring bag. So he can hang things off me & make a fort in his seat.
Silk - for hiding, for sleeping, for warmth, for a bit of home.
Locally harvested, spun & plant-dyed fingerknitting wool. By Colors of Nature.
"Hand" paper punch.
Translucent window star paper in a rainbow of colors.
Large wooden play clip.
Wooden car with a hole, large enough to drag through the airport.
2 kinds of bug-view scopes.
Journal with stickers.
Drawstring pouch with hematite magnets.
I've had a bit of travel anxiety this past week. There's so much to do, to set up for our house guests here, to prepare for there, to tie up everywhere. Before distinguishing what was going on for me I kept thinking, "How's this gonna work? D's going to want to sleep. We've got 3 boys. He can't sleep! They're just going to want me the entire time. Baby loves to scream. He's a total screamer. He doesn't like to nurse while he's awake. I only know how to nurse to calm on planes!!! This is going to suck!!" You know, the record player that gets louder & louder until we hear it. What's actually so is that my sweet baby is just so in love with these two big brothers of his, so he's distracted all the time. He'll be fine on the plane, & I just need to be ready for the screams, which come when he's happy & come when he's frustrated. Which he very well may be on a cross-country flight. And D is, of course so happy to stay up the whole flight & be a king about all of it. Once I took the time to create how this flight's going to go & got in dialogue with my partner, I got more related to reality. As women we're well trained in communicating, but somehow we still manage to be running a monologue in our heads. Especially when it comes to asking for help. A context of partnership makes all the difference, doesn't it? Or more importantly, remembering that the people in our lives are there because they love us, they want us to be happy & cared for & nourished. Just like we want for them.
All that helps at least as much as toy bags.
So we've ransacked our art supplies & rainy day boxes & here's what we've got. They are ecstatic.
And I'm calm with just that little high that comes from laying things out in a lovely way, enough to appreciate the colors, the organization, the textures, & mostly the reminders of each sweet child & how he uses things.