Here's a photo of this week's project from Mom Unplugged. The theme was toothpicks, and since Ivo likes to keep it simple, I just gave him a plate of banana slices and some toothpicks and he spent the next 15 minutes playing with them. A fun, easy idea that I wouldn't have thought to do without a little encouragement. So thanks Mom Unplugged :) To see more Unplugged Projects, and for low-tech family fun, visit her site here. We are not always tv-free but I've found her website to be packed with great resources.
The second kitchen project is one Ivo has been wanting to try for a long time. It's the pita pizzas from Deceptively Delicious. But without the spinach, because I wanted Ivo to make the pizza himself and I knew he would be suspicious of a layer of "green" under the sauce. This was so easy, and had very yummy results. Ivo just spread pizza sauce on a pita, and sprinkled it with mozzarella cheese, then we baked it at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes and cut it into eight triangles with a pizza wheel. Ivo called it his "Pizza Junior" and gobbled it all up, except for two slices that he shared with Josh and me. It's such a wonderful thing to see him so pleased with his accomplishment, and to be able to share food that he's prepared with people he loves. He told us, "I made the lunch today for everybody."
That feeling of satisfaction that comes from making tangible contributions to family life is something I hope he carries with him as he grows. Currently he enjoys cooking, mopping, carrying laundry to the laundry room, washing dishes, and many other everyday chores, too. His help often ends up increasing my workload, but as he grows up he is becoming more and more proficient at household tasks, and shows an eagerness for "real" work. Fingers crossed that this lasts as long as possible!!