Last week I bought Oliver a wooden number puzzle with the numbers 1-10 on it for 99p from one if the cheap stores in our local shopping centre. Oliver loves saying his numbers and is always counting, when I say 1 he will say 2 and then I say 3 and he replies with 4 and so on.
When we are at the park he always counts the steps up to the slide and then when he goes down the slide he says 4,3,2,1 and off he goes.
I thought he would like the puzzle but never knew how much until today, I gave him a number and said
“Where does the number 2 go?”
He took it off of me and sat looking at the numbers scanning his eyes over them until he clocked the number 2, he placed it in the right place
“There it go!” He says.
He struggled at first with the numbers 6 and 9 but soon got the hang of turning them around to fit them in
“Turn around, wrong way!” He says.
As soon as all of the numbers are in the correct place he tips it up and starts again, he sat and played with the puzzle for a good hour. Wherever he went he took it with him and told me
“Not working” when he couldn’t find all the pieces.
I love his concentration face when he is trying hard the think, he sticks the top of his tongue out of his mouth, it must work as he got it right every single time.
As I pear over the top of your cot and look down at your cute little angelic face, I hold your chubby little hand and whisper
“Goodnight my little one year old”
Tonight will be last ever night you will go to sleep as a one year old, For tomorrow (at 11:10 to be precise) you will 2 years old!
Every second I spend with you, I smile, I adore every bone in your body and I love to be close to you.
You are my past, my present and my future
This year you have learnt to walk, run, climb, talk, feed yourself, count, sing songs, draw, play alongside your big brothers and go to bed by yourself.
So as I lean over into your cot, I gently kiss your forehead and say
“Goodnight little man”
My last time to you as a one year old!
I love you Oliver
Oliver is now 22 months old and spending more and more time playing independently, he likes to explore new things and loves to play with my tins of food from my kitchen cupboard, stacking them up and rolling them around the floor.
Heuristic Play is exploring the properties of real objects as opposed to toys.
I set up a box for Oliver to explore filled with natural manmade objects:
- A metal sieve
- A wooden spoon
- A whisk
- A hairbrush
- A cardboard tube
- A glove
- A rubber cup
- A piece of felt
He sat and played on his won for ages, exploring the tube by looking through it, putting objects into his sieve and stirring it around with the spoon and brushing his hair with the hairbrush.
I observed him for 5 minutes and noted down the things that he did
- Stirring objects around in the sieve with the spoon and then changing to the whisk
- Shouting down the tube
- Putting the fabric on his head
- He put his hand inside the glove, then he put his foot inside it, then he wrapped it around his neck as if it was a scarf
I introduced some pasta twists and a paintbrush half way through
- First He sat and tasted the pasta
- He brushed his face with the paintbrush then started painting the fabric
- He held the paintbrush in one hand and the spoon in the other making circular motions with them on the floor
- He wipes his hands on the felt using it as a towel
- He put everything back into the sieve and mixes them around
I have recently been playing Silly Soup with Oliver and his big brother Joseph, introducing names of things and sounds.
Observing Oliver during his treasure basket play showed me that he has remembered about the silly soup as he done the same actions with the sieve and other objects. He was silent throughout his 5 minutes play but normally he is really loud, talking and singing away to himself.
Oliver has objects stored in a box and he chooses to pick them up and play with them now over his toys, i love watching him explore them. I add new items to the box to keep him interested and each time he plays with them he learns new things to do each time.
We have been exploring with our senses lately and yesterday we made some spaghetti to play and explore with.
I added some dry spaghetti to a bowl of like warm water, added some food colouring and left it for about 10 minutes for the pasta to become all squidgy and malleable.
The spaghetti began to feel like rubber and looked like wriggly worms.
Joseph added some of his boats from the bathroom
“There is a big wriggly monster at the bottom of the sea and its attacking the boats!”
Oliver enjoyed picking the spaghetti up and moving it about in the water, mixing them and picking them up and dropping them back in the water.
Oliver hasn’t been feeling himself for the past couple of days so I thought that making bath time a little bit more fun than normal would place that smile back onto his little face.
I filled up the bath and added some :
– Bubble Bath
– Bubble wand from Lush
– Glow Sticks
– Colourful bath Boats
Oliver had fun searching for the sticks under all of the bubbles and he enjoyed waving the bubble wand in the water to create more bubbles.
He searched for the boats and we talked about what colour they were, which he repeated. I hid the boats under the many bubbles that he made and he searched through them looking for the boats, I did get a couple of smiles from him but they didn’t last long before he started to yawn and told me ‘enough! Me get out!’
Bless him he would normally cry if I tried to take him out of the bath, so he must be feeling rather icky!
We did get some lovely pictures though and I am quite sure that he enjoyed himself. Since getting out of the bath he has repeated the words that he learnt, wand, bubbles, stick, yellow and blue!
Oliver loved feeling the bubbles on his hands and kept trying to pick them up and he like swirling the sticks around in the water.
What do you add into your children’s baths to add some fun?