Last week as I put away the red sled made of cardboard we played with during Read. Explore.Learn JDaniel headed upstairs to grab Teddy and my husband’s turtle slippers (which now live in JDaniel’s room). He had a another idea of what to do with the bubble wrap ski slope on the living room floor.
The slope wasn’t a slop anymore I was informed. Jdaniel declared that it was now an area for Teddy to skate on. The turtle slippers were to be Teddy’s skates.
While Teddy seemed willing to try skating, his feet didn’t seem to agree. It was very hard to keep Teddy’s feet in the slippers. They just kept slipping out.
Teddy’s feet don’t have a large enough surface area to stay in the slippers. I tried to explain that to JDaniel but, the whole concept of surface area went right over his head.
I suggested that JDaniel hold Teddy’s feet in the slippers. The pressure from his arm muscles might keep Teddy’s feet in.
JDaniel was willing to try this in fact he pressed down on Teddy’s legs as hard as he could. The slippers did stay on but, now his feet won’t move do to the pressure.
It seemed Teddy would never be able to skate. There were just to many things for JDaniel to do to help him move and keep his slippers on.
Instead of getting frustrated, grabbing Teddy up and flinging slippers, JDaniel did a very wise thing. He decided it was time to get more helpful ideas from me.
We discussed all the variables involved in Teddy skating down the bubble wrap with slippers. It was a very lively discussion. The kind many of you have probably had with your children when everything seems to be going wrong and every idea that comes to mind is a possibility.
Ultimately JDaniel decided it was my job to make it happen and his job to cheer from the edge of the bubble wrap. I really tried to keep pressure on Teddy and move his feet while sliding my feet behind his. This approach really should have worked. It really should have.
For some unknown reason Teddy kept falling. He gallantly kept trying with me to make JDaniel vision come to be but, it just didn’t happen.
After several attempts it was decided that we should put the bubble wrap away and try to have Teddy skate another day.