Tuesday, May 29, 2012

"I Can Go Anywhere.."

Posted by ToddleToots! at 4:00 AM 0 comments

Hello! Happy Tuesday and I hope you all had a nice Memorial Day spending time with loved ones and remember those who have fought for our freedoms and served our country with their very lives. I’m grateful to any of you in the service or who have loved ones in the service. Thank You!
I had 3 days off from work (woot woot) so I got to spend more time than usual with my Lil Toot :) We did some shopping and on the way there and back she talked non stop to her new “pet/friend” (not really sure what to call it). It was pretty cute and I wanted to share it with you. Only after the fact did I think about doing a voice recording of it (since I was you know driving and all... maybe next time ;)

(After seeing some birds flying out the window)

Lil Toot (2 3/4 yrs old):  “Mama?  I want those birdies.” she said cupping her hands holding them out towards the window and the birds. “Come here birdies. I want to hold you.” Pulling her hands together close to her chest, “I will take care of you and give you lubs (loves)... don’t be scared, I’ve got you. Mama? Do you got some birdies too?” 
Me: “Um Yes, I have one too, but only one because I’m driving (that’s smart right?)” 
Lil Toot: “I want some more birdies. Should we look for a big birdie? Do you see one? Can you get it?” holding her hands out once again.
Me: “I got one! I got a big birdie.” I was excited to play along until she changed the rules ;)
Lil Toot: “Um nope, we have to get TINY birdies to hold in my hands... Oh! I got some,” clutching her hands close to her heart again. “I love you tiny birdies. I will keep you safe.  You have to fly now.” She holds her hands out a bit so the birdie can fly off I imagine. “Fly high in the sky, birdie... Oh! you bonked (it’s head) I’m sorry birdie, are you alright birdie? I will take care of you and take you to my home, okay?” 
I’m not sure about the imagining the birdie got hurt just so she could take care of it, but at least she didn’t just hurt it for fun, right? ;)
So this got me thinking a bit about imagination and how not only fun it is, but how important too especially for the young ones. I’m kinda a word freak so of course, I looked it up:
World English Dictionary

imagination  (ɪˌmædʒɪˈneɪʃən)
the faculty or action of producing ideas, esp mental images of what is not present or has not been experienced
mental creative ability
the ability to deal resourcefully with unexpected or unusual problems, circumstances, etc

So then, of course, I looked it up in Wikipedia...
“Imagination helps provide meaning to experience and understanding to knowledge; it is a fundamental faculty through which people make sense of the world,[1][2][3] and it also plays a key role in the learning process.”
“Most famous inventions or entertainment products were developed from the inspiration of someone's imagination.”
And then... I read some articles on BabyCenter (which I won’t bombard you with, but definitely worth a read if your interested there are several. BUT I loved this...
And when you use your imagination with him — "Look, I'm a tiger in the jungle!" "Let's pretend we're going to Grandma's house" — you spur his brain to forge "imagination pathways" of its own. ~~ BabyCenter article “How To Raise An Imaginative Child”
‘Spur his brain to forge IMAGINATION PATHWAYS of its own’... LOVE this!! 
I know we are all busy, but try to make extra ‘imagination time’ with your little ones... to encourage and nurture their imaginations which lead to dreams which can lead to unlimited possibilities after all...

“Most famous inventions or entertainment products were developed from the inspiration of someone's imagination.”  
I love to play imagine with my girlie, maybe because I'm a fantasy writer and love to read I'm geared towards it, but I think it's important either way. What say you?  
I’d love to hear about some of the fantastic imaginations there are out there! Please feel free to share in the comments or email me.
Made me think of Reading Rainbow:...
Butterfly in the sky
I can go twice as high
Take a look
It's in a book
A Reading Rainbow
I can go anywhere
Friends to know
And ways to grow
A Reading Rainbow
I can be anything
Take a look
It's in a book
A Reading Rainbow
A Reading Rainbow

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mama's Day!

Posted by ToddleToots! at 11:49 AM 0 comments
Whether you are a Mama in spirit or in fact, today is to honor you. You make the world go 'round. Take a few special moments for yourself and/or with those you love and enjoy your very unique and special power: "Mama-ness" (ok so I made that word up, but the meaning I think is universal ;)

For some extra "Mama fun" check out our post from last Mother's Day "You Know You're A Mama When..."

*Also insider info: Stay tuned for a fun event coming in June! (Oh also, there might be a contest, you know with a prize and everything ;) ;) 

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