What was interesting about this activity was that I didn’t show him what to do. I put down a coloured pencil and paper. Then I put him inside the high chair.
Then went off and waited………………. I was close by doing something else but I could see him. Many times I’m happy to let him play by himself but today I wanted to watch him a little. Do you still watch yours a little? We used to watch them a lot when they were newborn babies. They were so cute and snuggly we listened to their snuffles and their little movements. I know that now I’m often redirecting redirecting……………did I say redirecting? and playing with him that the observing part gets lost.
I had a moment where I looked busy but was really watching him.
In that short period of time between observing and snapping that picture here’s what I saw.
- following his own agenda
- talking to the paper
- talking to me
- rolling the pencil
- looking over the edges ( dropped pencil)
At the end there was one line, a broken pencil and paper on the floor. So much learning and fun had taken place. Not everything in play is visible and obvious. I’m glad I took time to observe him playing. I highly recommend it.
Thank you for this excellent reminder. I’ve been thinking along these lines lately, and am so glad to read the list of what your son “accomplished” in the course of just a few minutes and with only a mark or two on the paper to show. It’s so important to remember that the experience, not the finished product, is what’s important! Thank you! 🙂
It is amazing how much they are learning all the time. Hope you get a chance to try yourself. Thanks for dropping by.
Your lap books look great!
You always share such great insights! Thanks 😉