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Monday, April 28, 2008

In His Own Little (Numerical/Alphabetical) World

Today after lunch, BJ spent 45 minutes playing with the felt board, totally content. He was re-creating Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3, page by page. This is not an unusual activity for him; using props (often the felt board or puzzle) to tell his favorite stories is definitely one of his favorite entertainments. I love eavesdropping on him when he's absorbed in play like this, and I've wanted to get some on video. Finally got a chance to this afternoon while BB was napping:

video

He does exactly the same sort of thing with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and several other titles. This felt board and the felt playsets have been one of the best toys to date, no doubt about it -- portable, creative, kinesthetic, no batteries required! So long as he's not interrupted (and heaven help you if you have to rush him along) he will be happily absorbed for long stretches of time.

He reminds me so much of myself in his need for completion. It seems truly painful to him to be forced to stop in the middle of the story. And I absolutely sympathize with his earnest attempts to be faithful to the original narrative, his desire to recreate exactly the images from the illustrations. It has to be just so, and you have to see it through to the end, or it isn't worth doing.

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