Elias is a very busy little boy. After nearly diving off the stage at conference when he was 16 months old because all the big boys were doing it, one of the other moms said to me, “you have you hands full with that one!” Yep, he’s one active and oh-so-adorable little guy! He keeps me on my toes.
We spend a lot of time running around outside chasing geese; looking at airplanes; playing on the swings; going down the slides; gathering rocks, dirt, mangos and leaves, hunting hops (frogs); and squashing bugs.
Lately, I’ve been trying to add in some other learning type activities to his day. If he can learn the parts of an airplane (Prop! Wing! Tail!), he can start learning about colors, right? So far we have learned about the colors red and yellow using color trays.
I just look around my house for things of that color and throw them on a tray together. Then Elias and I sit and talk about that color. Eat the coordinating snack. It all lasts about 10 minutes before he’s off chasing hops again.
The red tray: blocks, a fire truck, a (empty) Coke can, wooden coins, macaroni noodles dyed red in a red bowl, a tomato, an airplane and another fire truck.
The yellow tray: blocks, a Duplo airplane prop, a spoon, a bowl with rice dyed yellow, a yellow plate (that I later put pineapple on), a ball (that now look lemon-shaped), a car, plastic bananas, a glue stick (that we used to glue the rice to the piece of paper) and a crayon.
My proud mom moment came the day after we did the yellow tray when he went to pull out a clean yellow diaper (we use cloth), and said “yewwow!” So proud.
Any other brilliant ideas out there to keep an active 19-month old busy??