Remember those paint with water books where the paint is already dried to the page in pictures and you just paint with water to reveal a masterpiece? In an effort to potty-train Isaiah (which is failing miserably in case you're wondering) I made him a sticker chart where he earns stickers for every time he goes, and after 6 stickers he gets a prize. The prize today was one of those paint-with-water books that I picked up at the dollar store for $.50 last week. It had Hotwheels pictures, so I figured that even if they thought the "painting" was lame, they'd at least be excited about the cool cars. The Dollar Store wins again! These little pictures where the source of at least 20 minutes of contentment today. We painted half of the book, but they were happy. Elijah painted too, but I don't have pictures of him since he painted later when he got home from school.
And about potty training, yes Isaiah is earning his stickers, but ONLY when I prompt him and overtly bribe him (if you use the potty you can get a sticker and remember what 6 stickers makes???...that's right, a present). He has yet to initiate potty use on his own. I've tried neglecting the reminders, hoping that the stickers will be motivation enough for him to remember to go on his own, but the result has only been pee soaked carpets and couches, and more laundry in one day than I normally do in a week. Suggestions welcomed! :)