The peanut attends a Montessori preschool 2 days a week this year. The program has been a perfect fit for her stubborn little personality. She was craving independence and the heavy emphasis on self-reliance in the classroom has been heaven sent.
For the holidays, we try not to focus too much on traditional toys for all of her gifts. My friend Zina who also sends her two little ladies to a Montessori program shared with me a wonderful activity idea her girls have in their classroom:
1 bag of puff balls + 1 pair of plastic toaster tongs + 1 muffin tin= hours of entertainment
It was the hit of the Christmas gift opening. Grandma (the gift giver in this scenario) was shocked, but pleased. Not sure there has ever been $5 spent so well: