if you give a toddler some raisins

If you give a toddler some raisins, chances are she’s going to want the box that goes with them. When you give her the box, she’ll probably do a little happy dance in the kitchen and yell “Yaaaay! Nack!” (which is Toddlereese for snack, for those of you not in the know).

When she’s finished with her dance, she’ll run into the living room to show her awesome score to her sister. Then she’ll want to watch a little Fresh Beat Band. When she watches it, her eyes might glaze over a bit and she might forget she has the little box in her tiny fist.

A funny part will come on and she’ll laugh and yell “Look! Look!” until you and her big sister acknowledge the ridiculousness of the episode’s plot line and laugh along with her. When the scene is over, she’ll probably get quiet and all glassy-eyed again. She’ll sit down in her rocking chair and absentmindedly rock a little, picking out a raisin without really thinking and saying “Ohhhh, nom” when she tastes it. She’ll probably reach in for more.

When one of the all-too-familiar song and dance numbers comes on, she’ll jump up and realize that her box of raisins makes an excellent musical instrument. She’ll shake it a little, a devilish smile taking over her fat-cheeked face.

As the song gets more involved, so will her shaking. She’ll probably shake a little too hard so that a raisin pops out. She’ll really like the look of that raisin soaring through the air, so she’ll stop for a second before shaking the box even harder. Suddenly, it will start raining raisins.

When the box is empty and stops making noise, she’ll probably throw it on the floor and stare at the TV again until the next song starts up. When that happens, she’ll do a little dance and her (one) barefoot will step on a squishy-wishy raisin. She’ll look down to see what’s stuck to her foot and find a fat, juicy raisin.

And chances are if she catches sight of a raisin, she’s going to want a brand new box to go along with it.

if you give a toddler some raisins

Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.