Aside from saying "Ball... ball... ball..." constantly until Elijah looks at me like "Yeah, I get it, it's a ball, do we have to talk about it all day?" we have also been working on learning to use a spoon. It is both fun and tear-inducing.
Usually around 3:00 after nap we have an afternoon snack, normally a yogurt. So lately I've been letting him use his own spoon to feed himself the yogurt. Sometimes I am foolish and forget to put a bib on him, like here. Anyway, he likes to do it. He gets that you stick the spoon in the yogurt and then put it in your mouth, but hasn't quite gotten which direction you're supposed to put the spoon in the yogurt.
As you can see, though he did put the correct end in the yogurt, he has it upside down. I guess when you're not that great at scooping, it doesn't make much difference whether you put the spoon in upside down or not.
This is from another time when I was smarter and remembered to put his bib on. The worst part is the end because once the yogurt gets low enough, I have to take over because he simply can't scrape the stuff off the bottom. He doesn't like that, he wants to do it himself. And when I take the spoons and empty yogurt container away, the waterworks begin.
But I guess that's how it goes when we're learning to use a spoon. Also, I'm not sure if you were aware, but part of the process is painting Mommy's hand with yogurt. It's a very integral part.