But when he's had enough of that, he gets bored and grumpy and sad pretty quickly. I feel like I should be 'doing' more varied things with him, although if he wants to spend an hour constructing a precarious line of figures across the living room floor, all trying to pull a camel out of the mud, then who am I to suggest he should be doing something more productive?
We're getting right into the questioning stage, and his thirst for knowledge is already testing our intelligence. This week's gems have included:
"Mummy, who knows what happened to toast?"
"Mummy, who knows what's in Quorn pieces?"
"Daddy, what's a website?"
Today he set up his own activity of matching animals: he got out a set of animal magnets, went and got out his tray of animals, lay out the magnets, and began searching through the animals for matching ones to lay down on top. All unprompted. As it turned out, we only had a few animals which matched the ones on the magnets, so it was a short-lived game, and he wanted to do more matching.
Casting around for inspiration, I grabbed our 'Brown bear, brown bear' book, and challenged him to find five Things of the same colour for each animal. Results as follows:
(He ran out of steam when we got to Goldfish, so we'll have to save that for another day)
A while ago, I bought the Toddler's Busy Book, which I really need to unearth for days like this. I'll be back to report more on what takes his fancy, any suggestions for similar activities will be gratefully received ;)