(Goblin is 31 months)
Every so often I have a minor freak out that I am not teaching Goblin enough. This week was one of those weeks. Goblin has lots of 'educational' toys on his shelves and I rotate them to try and keep them fresh. But for a couple of months now he has been pretty much ignoring the shelves, opting instead for sensory play with rainbow rice or his trucks. Goblin is still young and I have no desire to push him down an academic route so its only my own insecurities that lead me to have my minor pancis. But all the same I was looking for something that might lead him back to the more stretching toys.
And then I read about "Invitations to Play" at The Imagination Tree. Its such a simple idea. You take a toy and you set it out in a new way so that the child discovers it as if it were new.
I tried it with Goblin's snail shells and paint pallet. This game improves pincer grip (essential for hand writing) and encourages one to one correspondence which is a maths skill. He hasn't touched it in months. I laid it out on his table on its own. When he came down from his nap he saw it and started playing with it straight away.
I was so impressed with how this worked, the next day I tried it with his shape puzzle. This time I had barely finished putting the shapes out when Goblin came along and started sorting them and doing the puzzle. He did it over and over again. I was amazed. This puzzle has pretty much never been played with before, no mater how many times I put it on the shelves or get it down and suggest we try it together.
So "Invitations to play", or should I call them "Invitations to learn" will definitely be a regular feature in our house. Thank you The Imagination Tree
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