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Saturday, September 24, 2011

The funny side of repetition

Of course, repetition isn't all seriousness and contemplation.  Toddlers find such joy in repetition and delight in things happening just as they expect them to....  And I must say it's pretty funny for the adults in their lives too!

Fun with a suction cup:


  1. Ah, this cheered me right up, whether I needed it or not. He has such a joyful laugh! I hope you're all well!

  2. Oh man, is he having fun or what? Just precious!

    What does he say at the end. It sounds like french to me, "haute" (high), but I am guessing "up"?

  3. Cathy
    I somehow got on your youtube page, and I saw the video of Fin with the insect basket. I noticed that you had a mat rolled in the basket. Tell me, do you put a mat in each basket to make using it easier?
    And did you initiate Fin to the mats right at the first time you introduced a basket to him?
    E is about to walk, and I want to get him to use baskets for his activities as soon as he does (great walking practice, from the shelf to the table) and I don't remember how I had introduced the mats to M.
    thanks a lot.
    I love your videos!

  4. I'm glad this brings a smile to other people too!

    I'm actually not sure what he was saying at the end, Neptune. Often "oot" means 'foot', but yes, perhaps in this context he was saying 'up'. Or maybe "put"?!

    Insect basket video:
    Yes, I put a mat in each of those object baskets just to get him into the habit of having a mat to work on. Even when he chooses to work on a floor rug, we unroll the little felt mat and put the objects on there. I feel it helps to designate a space for the objects to go, rather than being flung all over the place! I did present the material with the mats right from the beginning, unrolling and rolling the mat painstakingly slowly so he could see and replicate what I was doing. Rolling is very difficult for little ones so I just let him replicate the action in whatever way he can, and I return later to roll them properly.

    I was amazed at how quickly he picked up on the process that went along with the work: choose to work, take the basket, put it on the table, unroll the mat, look at the objects, place them back in the basket, roll the mat, place it back in the basket, return the basket to the shelf.... so many steps!

    You're right, as soon as E is walking he will be wanting to WORK and the quality of his interactions with his environment will change so much. Carrying objects is such a strong need at this time. It's so great that you are preparing in advance for what he will need when this milestone is reached.

  5. thanks Cathy for your insight!
    I guess I needed a fresh reminder of many of those steps, as we have taken then a while ago now. And I guess lack of sleep=lack of memory!
    Thanks for the mat info. I'll be adding that to my preparation!

    Have a good day (oh well, night I guess for you!)

  6. Ah his laugh is so funny! Loved seeing him working on the snappers in your previous post too. B is also interested in snappers ("pop pops") so dear old Day has been roped in to making her something similar this week. Along with a B sized kitchen, low rail for her wardrobe, whatever else I come across...poor boy.
    Could I ask the brand name the chairs and table in your last post. Maybe Dad will have to make some of those too, as her Ikea set are a bit big.