Trampoline fun, counting caterpillars and hedgehog homes…

Many people have suggested that a big trampoline could be useful for J to burn off some of that extra nervous energy he seems to have ( despite never being still… dunno how he can have any energy spare!) and  little M loves the little trampoline so we have bitten the bullet and are now proud owners of an 8ft trampoline! It is proving very popular but there have been a couple of ‘ wobbles’ with it. Mainly because I totally misread the situation and thought both my little ones would think it hilarious if Mummy got on and bounced ( gently!) too…. it led to  meltdown from J as he has issues about being 1st, best, fastest etc ( if he is in ‘pole position’ all the time – this aids predictability and reduces his anxiety) Of course I am taller and heavier and so even a little bounce means I am higher than J and he couldn’t handle this.( Little M thought i hilarious to see mummy acting like Tigger!) Then there were issues about getting off…. my boy is waaaay too clever for words sometimes! he basically has a watch on at all times- although he can’t yet tell the time we can say ‘ x will happen when the big hand is on y’… adding to predictability and feelings of control for him. So we have been using this technique for various things for a while now. But now he has got wise and he hides his watch behind his back ( if it can’t be seen, it can’t be the time required!) or when asked ‘ is the big hand on 7 yet?’ he honestly replies’ no’ and when you look it is heading towards 9! Little monkey! also, J seems to have developed some  ‘ sensory seeking issues’- he likes throwing himself, head first from one sofa to another at speed  and he tried to replicate this on the trampoline netting. When suggested this wasn’t such a safe idea he decided it would be better to throw himself head first onto the trampoline itself instead :(Anyway, since mum has stopped her tigger antics, nerves are much less frayed:) Humour is added to the whole bouncing mix by the fact little M’s hair becomes full of static and she looks like a 2 year old Medusa!

J’s  new interest seems to be counting to 100… he has a book with 100 caterpillars and he loves counting them and chose to buy a multiplication table poster in the library the other day as it ‘ went to 100. Am desperately trying to find more pictures of 100 items on now….. few and far between apart from a lovely piece of art called ‘ 100 cats and a mouse’- it is lovely but even the poster is pricey:(

After another morning of , sadly, practically wrestling Joseph to put sun cream on ( already in long trousers and long t shirts but he still needs his face and neck doing- and being a redhead, I will not risk him without) I just wish someone could invent a suncream that was a) naturally warm b) less sticky and c) maybe in blue- J’s favourite colour!

On our walk this morning, J asked what a particular tree/ shrub  was as he had forgotten ( trees was his big interest last year.. I still have the books to prove it!) and I said it was a privet hedge. He immediately  said, ‘ do hedgehogs live in them?’I told him that hedgehogs may live under them sometimes but they were called ‘ hedges’ as in ‘ hedgerows ‘ rather than in hedgehogs’…. no matter, we had fun searching for hedgehogs under them anyway! ( M though she had spotted one but it turned out to be a brown crisp packet!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Gary Sanders
    Aug 01, 2011 @ 22:13:56

    Have you thought of adding blue food colouring to the suncream? It would probably end up a mucky brown colour or something, but maybe worth a try?


  2. highlanddream
    Aug 02, 2011 @ 06:30:20

    Thank you for your comment. I may have to try this. I know we have some blue food colouring it as we tried to make blue buns ( despite half a bottle of the stuff they still turned a kind of funny yellow colour!) It is certainly worth a try, many thanks:)


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N.B. the title of this blog comes from my son’s very literal understanding of ‘ magic carpet ride’ ….. he believes this to be a ‘car pit’ ( as in ‘ sand pit’) and demonstrates this with a plastic lid and toy car. The magic comes in when the toy car is covered with the lid and it disappears!

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