Thursday, March 11, 2010

If You Give a Baby a Cookie

Buster and I were curled up on his tiger pillow singing the Ladybugs Picnic song tonight when he asked me for “Mouse Cookie!” which is his way of requesting the story, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. In that tale, the mouse requests increasingly elaborate things, many of which I couldn’t remember as I tried to recall the story from memory, so Buster did his best to fill in.

Me: If you give a mouse a cookie, he’ll want to have some . . .
Buster: Milk!
(That’s how it goes in the book.)

Me: If you give a mouse some milk, he’ll want . . .
Buster: How ‘bout, CHOC-WITT!

Me: Ok, that sounds good. If you give a mouse some chocolate, he’ll want . . .
Buster: How ‘bout, vite-mins!

And he just kept going. I was amazed at how long he could generate fresh ideas. Although he did repeat vitamins several times, since he’s recently become very fond of gummy bear vites. It also made me very conscious of how often I say, “How about . . .” when I’m suggesting activities for him.

Later, we ran upstairs to play Duplo and see how SwingDaddy and Q-ster were doing with his new birthday Lego. Q-ster had elected to open one of the massive Star Wars spaceship packages, but he wasn’t building the official Republic cruiser that it contained. Instead, he was creating some pretty terrific designs of his own.

A ship.

And a “power generator.”


Cool stuff.

6 comments:

mayberry said...

We also refer to that book as "mouse cookie." Or sometimes "mouse-a-cookie." We have a volume that includes four stories (mouse cookie, moose muffin, pig pancake, mouse goes to school), and it came with a CD of read-alouds and songs. It's great!

Bob said...

Creative kids.

ewe are here said...

We have that book ... love the very busy mouse.

Amber said...

We love those books! Now I want a cookie. And I think the answer to if you give a mom a cookie would be that she wants ... another cookie. Or maybe some peace and quiet. I always want peace and quiet, but I pretty much never get it.

Kyla said...

Those ARE cool designs! BubTar loves legos, but he is really a by the book builder. When he was little and we would play Cootie, he HAD to make the Cootie from the box. He still has to. God forbid anyone else takes any of those pieces first! LOL.

Cold Spaghetti said...

1. Those LEGO creations of his ROCK!

2. Ladybug picnic is gold. "...talked about the high price of furniture and rugs, and fire insurance for lady-bugs..." Classic.