We had a great time at Messy Play group this morning. My daughter absolutely loves covering herself with paint, cornflour gloop, water, you name it! Today she was obsessed with pouring water from one jug to another and back again. She sat and did this for quite a while. I’ve noticed that she is able to focus on tasks for a much longer time period now.
I think that giving her the opportunity to touch, smell, see, hear and taste the many different foodstuffs as well as materials (maybe not so much taste with the materials!) that were on offer has widened her interest in the variety of objects around her in every day life. Appealing to all of her senses has, in my opinion, made her think in a more detailed way about the world around her. She is interested in what water feels like when it is poured through her fingers, what noise it makes as it splashes the container it is in, what it smells like with and without raspberry tea bags in it, what colour it changes to, how the texture changes when biscuits are added to it, how it tastes with the plain water, the raspberry flavoured water and the biscuity mush too! She is discovering that even the most straight forward seeming things can be much more fun. We even tried out more messy play activities at home. Cornflour gloop was another activity my daughter became engrossed in.
Which messy play activities do you do with your children? Which are their favourites? It would be great to hear from you!
Managing food intolerances are a big part of my life. Not only am I intolerant to milk, eggs, bell peppers and chilli peppers, I have to spend hours in the supermarkets checking each and every packet of everything that I buy to make sure I am able to eat it without being ill afterwards. Most of my life at the moment is spent making each meal and snack from scratch. I am unable to buy a lot of products due to them containing, mainly milk or paprika (which I recently learned is made entirely of bell peppers). When I discovered some Chinese-style sauces I could eat, I found myself getting very excited but recently, the ‘new and improved recipe’ label on the front confirmed what I knew would probably happen one day; it now contains chilli powder for that extra flavour. Gutted.
On a more positive note, everything I eat is made from raw ingredients and I know exactly what I am consuming. I even know how much salt as well as sugar is in each dish. I eat more fruit and vegetables than I have done previously, which leads me to believe that I am possibly eating much more healthily nowadays. Plus, I am not as ill as I used to be.
My concern is that my daughter is now intolerant to milk. I hoped that none of my children would have to suffer in the same way that I have done for the last ten years. Parties and celebrations are difficult for us both. All ‘party food’ seems to consist of is foods with milk and eggs in them. Stopping a two year old from eating these is a hard task, to say the least! When other members of the party start offering chocolates to her and I say that she can’t have them, I am often told that I am depriving her of sweets and one day she will just start eating lots or I am being mean or, “A little bit won’t hurt,” or, “Have some. Mummy’s not looking.”
I have also found that many people I have come across do not know what they are eating. A chef in a fancy restaurant I dined in was unaware that butter contained milk. If a chef doesn’t even know, what chance has everyone else got? Other people just presume we’re intolerant to gluten, as I’ve been told, “That’s the popular diet at the moment.” Aaagghhh!! Is all I can say about that!
Any advice or tips on how to cope with food intolerances would be gratefully received. How does everyone else with these cope with celebrations? How do you manage your child’s milk intolerances? And how can you help people to understand and realise what is in the foods that they are eating every day?