This afternoon Grace spent about 2 hours playing with her rice, stove, chopping fruit, teddies and various other kitchen things. Each teddy (+/- 10 of then) was asked if they wanted some rice to eat, to which they answered "yes." She then cooked each one a cup of rice, which was salted and fed to them. When she had tired of feeding one she would ask the teddy if they had had enough to eat to which they diligently all said yes.
I was also given lots of "cooked" rice and had her laughing with pure delight when I would blow on my "hot"rice to cool it down and send the rice flying in all directions.
At one stage I went to get dinner started and was urgently call backed to her room. When I asked what the problem was she told me that Pingüino (Grace's penguin water bottle) was "very naughty not want to eat her rice. What to do?" So I suggested that she tell Pingüino that she needed to eat 2 more mouthfuls and then she could have some strawberries. I carried on with what I was doing and a few minutes later Grace came into the kitchen "Mama Pingüino ate all her rice, get strawberries" I felt really privileged to be able to sit, watch and play with my little girl.