Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Ants in Our Pants

Marguerite is getting antsy about being cooped up indoors. Fortunately, I have a couple of tricks up my sleeve to distract her, although I do say that we can't go out because of her chicken pox (scabby stage now - do you think I'm next? lol). Anyway, markers and fingerpaint are losing their allure. Frozen fruit juice cubes are always a welcome treat. Looking out the balcony and waiting for fireworks work at night (with the Chinese New Year, we've recently been treated to numerous fireworks displays we could watch from our balcony, plus there's a place in the horizon that has fireworks every night, I think. Will have to find out what place that is.). Letting her wash her hands by herself and letting her arrange the chairs (she's all about lining things up) sometimes work. Treasure hunts are attractive only if she gets to look for something she thinks is interesting. Playing "fort" is usually effective... Messy and noisy activities are guaranteed to appeal. Sigh. Hopefully her chicken pox goes away before I run out of ideas.