In response to an episode of Caillou Carson watched last week during one of the many snow days he had, we mixed dinner up a bit. All Carson has been talking about since seeing Caillou and his friends make pizzas with toppings in the shape of spiders and flies, is making his very own bug-filled delight. After Al came home from work yesterday we packed up the boys and headed over to the store for some grocery shopping. I decided to surprise the boys and let them pick out all of their own ingredients for baking pizzas! Carson was "super excited" and in no time he was calling himself Caillou and Eli, Rosie (Caillou's little sister!). They had a blast going through the grocery store pretending to be television characters and choosing what they needed to make pizzas. We ended up with black olives for spider and fly bodies and almond slivers for the legs. They insisted on a giant bag of cheese because then the spiders and flies would *stick* better to the pizza and not escape in the oven. We came home, unloaded our supplies, washed our hands, and started putting together pizzas like only little boys know how.
It was one of the best times we all have had making dinner in a long time. Al and I let them do everything themselves. Carson helped explain to Eli that the sauce went on the pizza crust and then the cheese. Seeing the different ways they each made their spiders and flies was fun too. They decided it was time to cook the bugs and eat so I popped their masterpieces into the oven (with a warning from Eli not to burn myself), and 10 minutes later the boys were gobbling down their dinner. See......watching TV can be good for kids.... :)