We were buckling Jake & Ellie in their car-seats. It was wet & windy & I had my coat on with the hood over my head.
The hood doesn’t quite fit – a hasty purchase! – and the wind had blown it off.
“Daddy, your coat has given you Batman hair”, Jake informs me.
I have no idea where this comes from. It’s become 1 of those silly little sayings that families can have, & it means your hair is messy & sticking out at odd angles. As far as I know Batman seems to be quite nicely quaffed under his mask so it’s quite baffling!
“Actually Daddy”, he continues, “you always have Batman hair” (true enough) “but I love you anyway”.
Something of a back-handed compliment, but I’ll take it!
We were talking about a new game that Jake & Ellie got for Christmas: Doggie Doo.
Basically it involves feeding pretend doggie food to a pretend doggie then rolling a (real) dice which gives you the chance to get pretend doggie to do a pretend doggie poo. Whoever has the most pretend doggie poo at the end of the game wins.
Just what is it about poo that young children find so hilarious anyway?
Ellie however wasn’t convinced.
“I don’t want to play Doggie Doo because it’s too smelly.”
Us: “It’s not real poo, it’s just plastic.”
Ellie: “Oh. Well I think that’s just silly. And quite odd.”
It’s amazing how grown up she can be sometimes!
The game however is actually quite fun, as long as you understand that with 3-year-olds any rules are entirely optional & can be ignored at any time – usually when 1 of them isn’t winning.
And it’s not at all smelly, but definitely very silly!
I was impressed as well. Although it’s a children’s film I thought everything about it was top quality: the voice acting, the animation & visuals, the characterisation, the dialogue, its humour were all outstanding. I also particularly liked the way it dealt with quite heavy themes in a way that was palatable even to 3-year-olds.
Music plays a major part in my life & it has in Jake & Ellie’s too. I love to play music for & enjoy it with them, & have a collection on my ‘phone of 100s of songs that they like. I knew they’d love the music from ‘Frozen’ so I bought the soundtrack album for them.
I wasn’t wrong!
We listened to it for the first time in the car on the way back from ‘Monkey Music’ last week: they were ecstatic, especially Ellie! When ‘Let It Go’ came on they were singing along with utter abandon at the tops of their voices, heads raised, gesticulating wildly, arms waving about as if in a manic West End musical!
At home we played the songs in order; instead of the usual TV or tablet games – which sadly has become the norm in the new house while our unpacking has been delayed – they just sat listening on the sofa. While listening they were talking together & with me about the songs, remembering what happened in the film when a particular song was sung, talking about the characters & the story, enjoying the pictures in the sleeve notes & trying to read the song titles & lyrics there.