Rachel got these blocks from her uncle for her birthday and she could seriously play with them all day. She lines them up and counts them. She stacks them and destroys them. She uses the sloped surfaces as slides for her little lego dogs. And when she’s kind of tired or extra silly she lays down and asks us to bury her in them! She begs, “Mommy, build!” (Jim said that should have been the title of this post), and I can never deny the request. Best of all she is open to new ways of playing with these versatile blocks all the time. Our little builder.
I invented a new toy for Rachel. It’s called the water bucket. It’s actually a very large and shiny silver bowl that is ordinarily perfect for mixing cakes. But as the water bucket, this bowl lives on top of the brightest beach towel in the house, carries a little pool of water, and is most fun when accompanied by various water-scooping and pouring vessels, otherwise known as cups, ladles, shot glasses, and other unexpected items from around the house such as legos (yes, this is why they made legos hollow inside).
The water bucket holds Rachel’s attention for at least half an hour. Scoop. Pour. Scoop. Pour. Ladle. (Pause to say spoon?, then) Pour. Dump it all out. Start all over.
I give her different vessels each time we play and every time she is focused: scooping and pouring, developing patterns, then changing those patterns, confident though with the occasional surprise (like those legos! – her idea, and a brilliant one). It looks like monotonous activity but it isn’t.
Every so often she’ll take a sip, which makes this activity seem ceremonial in a way. I sit close by but only offer intermittent oohs and ahhs. I marvel at her intense expressions. What is going on behind those big brown eyes? Who knew a simple mixing bowl could hold such wonder.
Don’t you love the “Cool Tricks” segment of Yo Gabba Gabba? If you don’t know it, it’s a segment where random kids show off their unique skills. Sometimes it’s a gymnast or musician, and sometimes it’s a girl who can play a recorder through her nose, but it’s always someone a little spunky. They know their trick is cool, and they say, “Hi my name is ___, and my cool trick is…” Our favorite one is Adrian. Her cool trick is cup stacking:
Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of Rachel’s sassiness after accomplishing her cool trick. Next time. Oh, next time…
Have a fun day!