It's been a bit colder this week - autumn setting in - and so there has been more sustained indoor play, although we've still been able to get outside each day for a period of time.
Kept indoors for longer, especially at dinner preparation time, my 15-month-old (C) has been delighted to be introduced to the joys of the Tupperware cupboard by E, my 5-year-old. I store all my plastic containers, utensils and trays in a corner cupboard in my kitchen, the only cupboard to which I've not fitted a childproof lock. Pulling out plastics, stacking them into and onto each other, making pretend cookies and having pretend meals have been excellent games for each of my girls in their turn (the almost-7-year-old only *just* considers it too young for her now!)
The beauty of the Tupperware cupboard is that everything in it is safe for little hands, so I can turn to the stove and continue cooking while the kids play. I think it's really fun for them to be able to play with household things rather than toys - watching them make games with the plastics is amazing.
In one of these pictures, E had carefully arranged cookie cutters on the cupcake serving stand and went off to her bedroom to gather a cohort of toys to take tea with her. By the time she'd come back, C, the toddler, was taking the cutters one by one off the stand, pretending to bite them (murmuring very authentic "mmmm, mmmmms" as she did) then neatly stacking them back into their holding container. E thought this was so clever that she joined in and I stir-fried beef strips to the accompaniment of two little girls emoting wildly at my feet ("mmmm, mmmm", "oh, aren't these just delicious, C!" "mmmm, MMMMMM!")