One of the biggest hurdles I had to jump with The Workaholic when we went Paleo, was what to do with all of our “non-neolithic” food. I had JUST purchased flour, sugar, this delicious looking soup mix from World Market, and gosh, every darned thing you can think of at the grocery store that is grain-, sugar-, and preservative-laden.
We ended up donating everything that wasn’t previously opened, and even gave some of the open stuff to friends. This soup mix, however; I just couldn’t get rid of. I had literally purchased it the day before. (No joke, see how and why we went Paleo). I don’t know what my attachment to this soup mix was, or why I couldn’t throw it away. I knew for sure that we wouldn’t ever eat it, but I thought perhaps I could gift it to someone in a gift basket or something. I don’t know, a housewarming or something? Anyways, it found its way to Raleigh with us, and it suffered some discoloration and battering on the way here. I saw it chillin’ in the back of my pantry last week and realized that I could use this soup mix to help The Muffin learn her ABCs and work on her fine motor skills.
I took a paper plate and cut some wavy “arms” out from a workbook that we have. I then “drew” a happy face on the plate with some Elmer’s glue and told her to get to work. She had so much fun putting the little peas and lentils on the glue and LOVED her little happy face when she was done.
She wanted to do more with the glue and soup mix so I figured I could help her learn her alphabet this way too! She hasn’t quite figured tracing out yet and I’m not forcing it because she’s an ace where it comes to imaginative play. But I do want to find ways for her to work on her fine motors, so I wanted to keep this going as long as she would sit here. I drew an “M” on some construction paper, and when she had completed the “M”, she decided she also wanted a 3, because that’s how old she is.
THEN she wanted her name in soup mix, so we did that too. We hardly touched the soup mix, so I’m going to keep this little ritual going until it’s all gone. In which case, I’ll have to go to buy some dried beans from Walmart or something. For now? We’re eating Paleo and learning our alphabet with the stuff we don’t eat but never wanted to let go.