Some days I'm looking for anything, anything at all, to keep Sam busy. Luckily he's really quite good at focusing on one thing and actually has a pretty great attention span for an almost-two year old. So, with a little creativity, I can usually find something that will entertain him for maybe a solid twenty minutes. That's like a whole hour in mom time!
He really like tiny things, and things with lots of pieces, so he was thrilled when I dumped a bunch of beans and lentils in various lids and let him glue them onto paper. Turns out he wasn't so good at squeezing the glue out, it takes some serious hand strength. So, I squiggled glue all over the paper and let him go at it with the beans. He was so meticulous and concentrated. I love seeing him experience new things, and the dedication and focus that he gives projects.
Even though the point was to give me a few minutes peace while he worked on a project, the piles of beans and adorable little guy were too appealing to walk away from. So, I stayed and watched him create his art, bean by bean, even adding a few of my own. I love that he's getting old enough for projects I enjoy as well. Not that I'd make bean art myself, given a block of free time, but it's still fun to get down on my knees next to him and share in the creative process.