As seen through my eyes (from my trusty Pentax K100D, K7) and NOW through Sony's NEX-F3 ILC dSLR...
What captures my fancy, it's posted here. From visiting's to well, just about anything and everything I've been asked to photograph.
If you can't go to a beach, then let the beach come to you!
It's called Kinetic Sand. A little bit wet and sticky like wet beach sand, but non of the messiness like real beach sand either!
And so, we filled a container box with it, and let him enjoy himself. The cookie cutters came from Daiso.
As you can see, he loved it!
The best thing about this Kinetic Sand is also the fact that it's been chemically treated which makes it a little sticky to itself. So, if and when you have it spilled out, just bring the 'sand' together into a clump...
Other assorted toys / accessories came from Jelly Moulds and Children's Baking Spoons, etc.
Did he enjoy it? Yes, immensely. So where did we get it from? From this company called Kids.MY
Some time after that, we introduced boxes to Little One. The concept was for him to arrange/sort according to sizes or ... free play to stack how he felt.
Mummy dearest had accumulated all those boxes from her office for him to stack. But I guess he's idea of stacking is a wee bit different.
If you noticed, in my previous post, there was mentioned of the Boundary method - a method that is intentional to assist the child to focus one's attention confined to a tray or in this case, a box. And that is part and parcel of Montessori style of education. And so begins his home 'evening/night' schooling with us...
He was getting a wee bit ahead of himself and we decided we needed ways to burn off his high octane energy. Hence, credit to missus for her non-stop research and ideas and also to Uncle Google...
And so it begins... with colours. Missus had sown this up from felts and we tried to match it with his Mickey Mouse Clubhouse episode of colours.
Next came sorting those balls into the Ikea Kalas bowls.
Easy? Eh... no...
At this point, he had more fun emptying them into the basket then anything else...
WRONG! Throwing them around was more fun ... at least in the mind of a 2 year old!!!
Next up: Using tongs to pick up his favourite fish biscuits.
I have to warn you: he's actually used to eating with Tongs... Rice. Mee Hoon / noodles. So this was more or less a fish in the park for him. But more for his enjoyment than anything else...!
time back, during the long weekend, we decided to pay a visit to
Malaysia's premier Aquarium. Now, it's a place Missus and I have visited
but we decided Little One could do with some exposure to real life as
we could get. Zoo? When he's a wee bit older. Oh, he also had developed a
fascination for fishies...
And so, he certainly enjoys his bath time.
Back in Geneva, Missus bought this bath time foam toy. How apt that many moons later, he would really enjoy it and get super excited over it.
No problems fitting the pieces in along with playing quietly.
It's also at this point in time that we started implementing Montessori teaching methods. Hence, the theme of the day - Marine Life. And also the use of a boundary method aka A Tray.
And here are the earlier shots of Little One at the Aquaria.
Needless to say, Little One was super excited and went Ballistic... :)
And the highlight of the day? That ferocious animal that passed by above. It left a huge impression on him... even to this day, almost 1 month after.
"Hi there... let me show you my special ability..."
"I can climb vertically!"
"So can I!"
Yes, my son. Jellyfish!
Guess Mummy dearest must be telling Little One on how she had the unfortunate accident of meeting these creatures a long time ago...
As one can see, Little One was totally engrossed and obviously, didn't want to leave when it was time. Maybe next year, we'll pay another visit! :p