February 18, 2011 1 Comment
We all know that children, especially toddlers, learn through play. The Montessori School calls play “work”, so that a child’s play (work) is taken seriously. The Waldorf School encourages imagination and creativity through unfinished toys, allowing the child to use their imagination to fill in the blanks. Both schools discourage plastic, modern toys with flashing lights, recorded sounds and other electrical gadgets. I call them ADD toys.
This afternoon my thirteen month old son showed me that his old fashioned toys have indeed sparked his creativity. Plain, old wooden blocks are said to be some of the best learning toys for developing fine motor skills and building young imaginations. Indeed.
He was grazing on some broccoli, while practicing his towers (four blocks is still his record, without help) and lo and behold; my little DaVinci topped his towers with flourishes of broccoli! One floret for each tower. A future in landscape architecture his clearly his for the taking.