I had to cook. Little L. wanted to play with me. Challenge accepted.
I took out some kitchen roll tubes and toilet paper tubes, which I’d been storing for a loooong time so we can play with them some day, and made a very quick, ugly but functional pompom run.
I cooked and she played in the kitchen, sometimes I joined in too. Everybody was happy.
I wasn’t considering how great it is from language point of view. While she was making the pompoms run she was identifying their colours.
-T his one is yellow. And this is red. Look, mommy the black one is spiky.
Then she compared their sizes:
– This is small. Look, Mommy a big pompom.
In the afternoon my big girl (almost 6) came home and started playing with it using a pair of tongs. She added some more pieces of tube to the pompom run to boot. (It was difficult for her to cut the hard cardboard.)
She was playing with it for half an hour.
It’s still on the fridge and I keep the pompom close by. They can play with it whenever they want to. And they often want to.
The best is it took 5 minutes to make it. Of course, you can spend more time on it, painting the tubes, decorating it with stickers together with the kids, making more interesting and more exciting ways, use it for addition, etc.
But simple is beautiful 😉