We found a bunch of wooden models at Michael?s for really cheap (50c, 99c). These are the models with the wooden pieces you pop out, and fit them all together. Since they were so cheap, we decided to get one of each that was in the store ? monkey, polar bear, wolf, rhinoceros, shark, pirate ship, tanker, tank, sphinx, locomotive, cruise ship, and a couple others. Some of them are HARD (took us about 3 hours to do the train).
We were thinking of DSS when we got them, but Ivy is the one that LOVES them even more. She is very careful about taking out the right piece when asked, and even more careful about pushing them out so that they don?t break (I?m the only one who?s broken a piece so far). She?s also figured out how to use a blunt probe to push out the little pieces, which is actually pretty difficult to stabilize.
What?s even better is that DSS, who would have absolutely no interest in this sort of thing except that it?s an activity to do with someone, thinks they are really cool and wants to do them too. I think that a lot of the reason for that is because he sees his sister do it, and love doing it. It also means that he?s concentrating longer (half hour intervals or longer ? an hour ? which he never does except for on computer games). Not only tat, but he?s doing it on things that require concentration (not a strong point), AND fine motor skills (a definite weakness). So this is just WONDERFUL!
Our only problem is that we have no where to put all of these models!!!
Right now we have a half-finished Sphinx on the dining room table!
What neat activities does your almost 3yo like to do?