Every Monday and Thursday there is a playgroup from moms and their babies (ranging from 0 to 3 years old). It is not too far from where we live, so Elijah and I can either hop in a taxi or on a bus, and we are there in no time at all. If we left early enough, we could probably even run there, but then I’d be sweaty mess and have to sit on the nice fluffy carpet with the kiddos. haha! Last Thursday we celebrated Halloween at playgroup. All the children were invited to dress up, and moms were encouraged to do the same. I didn’t have much time to pull together outfits, so I found some ears, drew on some whiskers and a nose, and we went as a cat and mouse. There we are, picture on the left. I put Eli in a little furry suit (which, FYI, fit him last winter — my child grows very slowly) and attached some grey ears to the hood of the suit. It wasn’t a super amazing costume, but he looked adorable anyway. A few of the other moms were dressed up, but most weren’t, which didn’t bother me. I love dressing up! The children all looked so cute – fairies, bees, pumpkins, and Super Mario Brothers. It was really fun watching everyone arrive, and seeing the excitement on their faces.
The lineup for Playtime was the same as every week, with some fun Halloween touches included. First we did craft time – Eli did a handprint painting of a bat. There were sensory bins filled with slimy worms (cooked spaghetti) and we had to stick our hands in and find eyeballs, spiders, snake eggs and other spooky-gross-Halloween-themed goodies. At 10am we sat in a circle on the mat for songs, counting, and some games. Next up was snack time, where we enjoyed some Halloween inspired fruit and snacks. The last 30 minutes was spent playing outside.
Below, Look at this that cute little face. Surprisingly, I had no trouble at all applying this face paint to his nose and cheeks. I put on an animated movie, and waited until he was really into it. He barely noticed, or cared, that I was painting his face. It dried really quickly, and luckily didn’t rub off at all. Here are some pictures of our morning at Playtime…
There’s my little mouse in the middle of the above picture.
This was probably one of the only times that we stood with the rest of the kids and took part in the songs. Most the of the time he just strolled around the room, exploring and playing by himself. He is so much like me – it blows my mind. The funny part is that I take him to playgroups like this so that he can socialize, and most of the time it’s just him and me, sitting to one side. We are very similar in personality.
In the picture below you’ll notice that Elijah is the only kid with his back facing Tash, who leads the playtime group. He is on his own mission, and probably not very interested in what is happening. The other toddlers, exactly his age, were standing clapping their hands and engaging in the songs. Elijah was at the back of the room, doing a puzzle, before the end of the first song.
Below, The little twin bees were so cute… And so were the ghosts made from bananas and chocolate chips, above, and the mini pumpkins made of tangerines with a stalk of celery. It was a cuteness overload on this particular Thursday morning!
We had a fun morning at Playtime with the other moms and toddlers. Elijah and I have skipped most playdates in the past since he was too small to take part. Ironically, now he seems too busy on his own mission to take part anyway. I’m sure in time he’ll join in the activities and make some friends. Playgroups are great for mommies too – a time to socialize and meet new faces. I’m a bit of a home-body, so I usually don’t want to leave the house after a morning like this. Haha, social overload. At least my son understands me. Justin is the same. We are pretty much three peas in a pod!
More on the rest of our Halloween activities coming soon.