Thursday, August 14, 2008

You gave him the spoon.

Welcome to another adventure of the Spirited Toddler.

I had the grandiose idea that Francesco would enjoy playing with playdough while I prepared dinner. So I get him set up at the table with a place mat, I take all the playdough out of the containers and give him a plastic fork to use. I figured he would enjoy squishing the fork tine into the dough.

Well, I was wrong. He started his "help, help, help" while pointing at the silverware drawer. I attempt to decipher this request by picking up different plastic utensil for him to use. He
say no to all of them. I pull out a "fancy" spoon with scalloped edges that I thought would make cool impression in the dough. He still said no, and was getting visibly upset that I wasn't giving him what he wanted.

Finally, I get him to show me what he wants. He gets down from the chair, bring his stool over to the drawer, climbs up and pick up a plain old ordinary no special edges spoon. I take the opportunity to work on his vocabulary by telling him its a spoon and he proudly repeat "spoon".

So back to the table with a content toddler who begins to play with the spoon and the playdough. I smile to myself thinking this will keep him busy while I make dinner.

I am casually preparing dinner across the kitchen when it dawns on me that he is being way to quite even for Francesco. The only time he is that quite is when he is eating.

I turn to check on him and that is exactly what he is doing, eating. He is pleasantly scooping up the BLUE playdough and eating it with the plain old ordinary no special edges spoon.

Now, I know it is not toxic, but I still don't want him eating it. So I go over and try to get him to open his mouth, he clenches his teeth and squished the blue playdough through his teeth.


Needless to say he "ruined his appetite" and wouldn't eat his dinner. I just shook my head, he'll eat playdough but not a hot home cooked meal. Go figure.

From the mouth of babes:
Francesco counting "One, Two, Nine, Eight, Eighteen, Eleventeen"


  1. hehe hence why we make homemade playdough! too cute!

  2. Yep, this is very, very familiar! Nadia actually tells me "I like to eat playdough, it's yummy!"


  3. http://anglophilefootballfanatic.comAugust 14, 2008 at 9:38 AM

    I think I threw up a little in my mouth. GROSS. But, typical toddler behavior.

  4. Those "wonderful" moments in our heads never turn out as we imagined them, do they? ;)

  5. LOL...ah KIDS! They will eat the strangest crap but yet turn up their nose at a yummy meal their mommy cooked with her own two hands. Go figure! Good visualization...I could totally see the playdough squeezing through his little teeth. ;)

  6. LOL! Mine would totally eat the playdough too!! Gotta love toddlers...there is never an end to your entertainment, right?