Part of Nora's frumpiness is currently the rejection of 99.9% of all of her books as suitable reading matter in the evenings. I have some sympathy, given that well, i wouldn't exactly find re-reading "Slinky Malinki" for the 74th time that exciting.
The only real difficulty being that she's supposed to learn through repetition. She's so bored with everything, she seems to need more and more different stimulation almost constantly.
Hmph. It's a difficult one. Not only from a trying-to-keep-up position, but also knowing that setting up a solution which is "buying Nora more things to do stuff with" isn't really going to work in the long term. So perhaps taking some of her more well loved books away for a while so she can't see them and be reminded of them (ie: "Oh blimey, not The Gruffalo AGAIN good god can't you givev me something else to read?") is a good idea? this does seem to work with toys. It does mean giving her less choice to begin with though, which might cause problems.
Perhaps another trip to the library is in order. "Bedtime Mimi" has definitely run its course now, and it looks like "Farmyard Peepers" and "Splash" are also being rejected.
Meanwhile, the teeny electric piano is hit du jour. this is *fantastic*. she doesn't bash it, but in common with her messing about with my Mum's electric piano a while back, she picks out individual notes very carefully. She's also obsessed with a small book called "How to play the recorder", from which we sing songs whilst pointing out the notes rather than the words. Blowing in to the recorder and laughing her head off is also occurring :)
Yeah yeah, I know. Proud parent type bullshit, but she really enjoys this stuff and crucially... she doesn't appear to be bored by it. Yet! So, I think bringing more musical instrumentation in to the house could be the next mission.