This year we had a lot of fun celebrating Ayyam-i-Ha as a family. Svara is old enough to appreciate and have fun opening presents. One of her presents was a stuffed toy that I crocheted for her of Lowly Worm, her favorite character in the Richard Scarry books. She was so excited when she saw it:
One morning we surprised her with her new doll house. Here she is feeding the doll with a fork from her toy kitchen:
She likes putting the dollhouse family (with my help) around the kitchen table to all “eat noodle soup”. Then sit in the living room to “watch Nemo”. Afterwards its everyone to bed becaus it’s “time sleep”. I am looking forward to celebrating more Ayyam-i-Has as Svara gets older. I will undoubtedly borrow some great ideas I’ve seen other families do, such as these that my friend Erika did with her family. What fun!
To see more about what Ayyam-i-Ha is, check out the explanation near the bottom of this post.
We did celebrate together at Naren’s sister’s house. Most of the family was there and Svara had a blast swimming and playing and running with her cousins. We exchanged gifts and also decorated a gingerbread house and gingerbread men cookies!
When I was a teenager we (my siblings and I) used to build a gingerbread house each year, for several years, as a surprise for our parents. We got pretty creative and it was so much fun. I wanted to recreate some of this fun to share with Naren’s family and I believe we succeeded. I did forget that you can’t just build a gingerbread house and decorate it all in one go! So we put up the walls, as you can see, but had to let it dry before putting on the roof. Luckily I had some gingerbread men, too, so the kids decorated those while we waited for the house to dry. There wasn’t much candy left to decorate the house with in the end, though! But it was lots of fun.
I did a lot of baking over the course of a couple days and here is one thing I did to keep Svara busy for awhile:
Looks like glue, doesn’t it? It’s cornstarch mixed with water. Commonly called goop, gloop, or oobleck. If you mix it just right it feels like a solid when you pick it up, but if you release pressure it turns into a liquid and oozes down through your fingers. I made it slightly runnier for Svara so she could have lots of fun running it through her fingers. And she did! After awhile I added half an icecube of frozen pureed beets to make it a pretty pink color. She did put a little into her mouth, but not too much. When she was tired of just watching it drip I showed her how to scoop it into the mini muffin trays. It was pretty easy to clean up, too. We’ll do this again.