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While Cakes was at Kindy last week I needed inspiration to clean my very dirty floor. While scouring Pinterest (just to avoid the cleaning task at hand) I stumbled across a post on Toddler Approved using painters tape on the floor. Due to Cakes's unhealthy obsession with 'colours' we had purchased some nice coloured tape only a few days earlier that would be perfect for this purpose. I rushed around madly cleaning the floor in most of the house so I could get the tape down and pick her up early. The first thing she did when she got home (after grabbing a snack) was tracing the shapes with her fingers. During each shape she would ask "whats that shape Mum?" (except the circle) and repeat after me.
She then raced off (I thought she was finished) and got herself some cars. She continued to trace the shapes with each car. This took sometime as she used each car on the same shape before moving onto the next shape. She also packed the cars back into their tin in-between each shape (she can be a bit obsessive compulsive at times). As most toddlers Cakes is pretty keen on matching at the moment so I was a little worried she might only like to drive the cars on the 'correct' colours so all the time she spent sharing the cars across each shape was a very pleasant surprise.
It then occurred to me she could use the shapes to do more than just trace the shapes. We added some pompoms and they became colour sorting spaces. Cakes lined the matching colours along the lines and talked about all the colours, which ones were her favourite and how many pompoms she was using. She is still learning to count so she often started at two and missed eight though she had added another concept she was interested in learning and practicing. It always amazes me that when setting out with one concept or task in mind Cakes adds another. I always felt facilitating the learning was me directing it though now realise I am just collecting resources and encouraging her to drive her own learning.
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