I am so glad I packed the Hape wooden numbers for our holiday. I just knew that A’s interest in numbers would keep growing.
I was at a discount store and spotting packets of cats. They came in a pack of 6 so I grabbed three knowing I would have enough for A to use them as counters up to 5.
I introduced the toy cats to A just after we were playing with our real cats. ‘I love these! These are my favourite animals!’
I started with the number 1 and then we worked out way down the mat; going back to check if A had enough cats for each number.
After this I also added the zero and showed him how there were no cats beside zero because it means ‘none’ or ‘nothing’. Such a hard concept to understand!
I think I’ll go back and get some more packets of cats so he can keep counting up to 10.
2 years 11 months
Before going to bed we let A play something with us, usually a board game but tonight he wanted to play the ‘whale game’.
The ‘whale game’, as he calls, it is actually some three part cards I created featuring some big sea creatures. I’ll talk about them in another post I promise!
After he played the ‘whale game’ and packed it up with some prompting as to what goes where, he then got out the pink tower. Ignore the toilet rolls in the background 😂
It has been a few weeks since he tried this, so I was interested to see how he went. He was awesome. He even tried to ‘trick’ me with a few fake block choices😆. Although he’s still not so good at packing it away gently.
I didn’t get a photo of him jumping up and down so excited that he built it 😞
He then put the pink tower basket away, rolled up his mat, and put it away, all the while telling me how he liked the grey mat. He then brushed his teeth with a little bit of assistance, gave me a hug and a kiss, and toddled off into his bedroom with an arm full of cars and his dad.
Gosh I love Montessori and Dad’s turn for bed time duty.
2 Year’s 4 months
A’s babysitter bought him a set of second hand dominoes from our local Christmas fete.
He also bought A a few toys from the lucky dip as well. A is pretty spoilt 😆
I was trying to teach A how to get out the dominoes other then just overturning the box and dumping them out. Impossible task right now because he’s all about the dumping out at the moment.
We tried lining up the dominoes by matching the animals, but this was as far as A got before he lost interest in that game. So I let him free play.
He built ‘towers’ and a ‘snake’.
But at least we talked about animals, which is one of his favourite topics at the moment.
Hi, I'm Pamela. A nail crazy lady with green hair. I live in outback Queensland with my toddler and my husband. I love books, writing and crafting. For more info about me go to my 'About' page.