Pennies have had multiple purposes today. She lined them up to form the letter “J” (it really looked like an “I” to me), she used them as race cars and she threw them into the imaginary fountain. We’re lucky that she doesn’t put the coins in her mouth and can trust her to play safely with them. They’ve kept her busy for quite a while this evening.
I love the imagination and creativity of toddlers. She loves telephones, computers and the iPad, but she finds boxes, receipts, business cards, Tupperware, and ribbon a lot of fun, too. She’s spent the last five minutes walking around with a fake banana, which she’s declared to be her snack, pretending that it’s the most delectable thing she’s ever had to eat.
We encourage her to draw and read, things that require her to spend a little quiet time and focus. I was so surprised to find her trying to trace alphabets in her letter pad yesterday. She sat quietly in bed working hard, just as though she was doing homework.
My little one has become such a big girl in so many ways. I look forward to the day the fussing stops and when she learns to manage her frustration, but at the same time I wonder how I’ll feel because I know she’ll need me less.