Sorting Colors – Tristan’s Way

Currently color sorting activities are a favorite for my forever toddler.  I came across one to try with him.  This is how it went…

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I bought a foam block, sticks, and a box of fruit round cereal.  The idea was to have him sort the colors on the sticks.  First sorting, then eating the cereal.  However, the moment I set out the example with one color on each stick he had a different idea.  I turned my back for one second to get the box of cereal and the “sample” was gone.  He was smiling and laughing.   I asked him if he ate the cereal.  The look in his eyes told me he did.

Then I poured some cereal in the bowl and I sorted a couple to demonstrate how this activity was suppose to proceed.  He immediately started eating the cereal.  The game began!  He wanted me to say “don’t eat it!”  Then he would laugh. He was definitely enjoying this game.

He was proud of his accomplishment!  All the cereal was sorted and gone.

Enjoy another healthy dose of laughter from our home!

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This idea came from Play to Learn Preschool.  More details can be found at:

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The Only Kid I Know…

 

Tristan is the only kid I know that will not watch the bowling ball roll down the alley to see what pins get knocked down!  The more Brian and I said, “Watch the ball!” The more he looked the other way.  At one point Tristan was even putting his bowling ball on the ramp and had his back to the lane.  It’s like he knew what we wanted him to do and he was trying to show us you can bowl without watching!

Enjoy another healthy dose of laughter from our home!

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The Label Peeler Strikes Again

My oldest son, Jacob, was working on a project in elementary school.  He asked me for a glue stick.  I went to the drawer where I kept permanent markers, tape, and glue sticks tucked away so Tristan wouldn’t get them.  Jacob worked diligently on his assignment into the late evening.  Jacob left it out to dry on the counter overnight.

The next morning I woke up and noticed the project on the counter.  I could not believe what I saw.

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A Lesson From a Forever Toddler

Our son  Tristan is 16 years old but developmentally a toddler in most areas.  Some days I wonder why God gifted me with a forever toddler! Other days, I am grateful.  I am thankful because toddlers are fairly easy to entertain.  I know toddlers need many activities to occupy their day.  However, they do not necessarily require a lot of money.

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Tristan’s Favorite Things At The Zoo…

On Sunday we took our son, Tristan, to the Indianapolis Zoo. We love spending time with him and seeing what catches his attention. Having a non-verbal child means we watch the subtle cues of his face for expressions to discern if he likes something.

This is what he liked about the zoo…

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All the locks on the gates! If you look at the picture, you can see him trying to figure out the lock. Never mind we were trying to point out the tiger!!! We couldn’t get him to look at the tiger.

The bird aviary experience gave us a good laugh. Tristan thought opening and closing the doors was the best part. We stepped in one door and had to wait for it to close completely before going into the center where the birds were. Then he raced through to the next door. We stopped him and tried to get him to notice the birds, but he only paused for a mere second. Once at the exit, we waited for that door to shut before we could exit the aviary.

The birds did not get his attention, only the challenge of entering and exiting the aviary!

There was a low- level shark touch pool.  Tristan leaned over to touch the water.   Then he sat on the edge   Then he looked at Brian wanting approval to get in the water!  Brian immediately said, “No let’s go find something else to look at.”  Tristan didn’t care about the sharks in the water he thought it might be nice to swim.

Tristan’s top 3 favorite things at the zoo:  locks, doors, and water!

Enjoy another healthy dose of laughter from our home!