Mini Post: Work at 15 Months
Camden is right in the middle of his gross motor phase, so he is more engaged with his trampoline than he is with the work on his shelves. But there are two things on his shelves this week that he loves so much that I just had to share.
I assembled spring discovery windows for him using plants from our garden and these amazing discovery window blocks. I can not get enough of these things! They unscrew at the top and you can put whatever you want inside of them. It is a nice step up from using a laminator because he is able to study the items in three dimensions, but they last longer than if they were unprotected. Since I was using living plants, I set these blocks out right where he could find them so that he could enjoy them before the plants wilted. His face when he saw them was priceless! He returned to play with them several times and even had the patience to practice making a tower. These discovery windows are an awesome way to step up your block game!
Since Camden was very young, he has always loved to play with our keys. He especially loves taking them from me as soon as I come in the door and running away with them. I have spent a few too many rushed mornings looking for my keys before I head out the door, so I wanted to get him his own keys. I put a padlock and keys into his easter basket and it has been a HUGE hit.
At first, I put both the lock and keys on a small tray, but he was having trouble holding onto the lock and fitting the key into it at the same time. It was causing some major frustration (which caused some alarming throwing of the heavy lock), but I knew that he would love the work if there was a better way to present it. After some excellent advice, I locked the lock onto our coffee table and then used a ribbon to attach the keys next to the lock. Problem solved! He no longer needs to support the lock with his free hand, but can still practice holding onto it. Plus, his buddy Carbon loves to lay next to it! This was a good reminder that sometimes it is the way that the work is presented that is the issue, not the readiness of the child to complete the work. It is still a challenge for him to align the key correctly and put it in the lock, but this work is definitely hitting his sweet spot!