"You're BRAVER than you believe,
STRONGER than you seem,
and SMARTER than you think."
-A.A Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Magnetic Shapes

This magnetic shape set I purchased few years back when Eaton was very little. At the cashier lady reminded me that this set is good for 6 years old children as the box had huge number 6 on the top right corner. I'm not sure who is responsible for decisions like that. But I'm sure that they deprive children of having lots of fun before  year six;-) Eaton had fun with them for the last 2 years. At this point he looks at these shapes as not only magnetic pieces but actual shapes, how they connect together, what other shapes he can create from them, patterns etc. He explains a lot: he talks when he builds stuff so I "see" his thinking pattern and it's easier for me to direct him. For example he started to connect all these triangles. 

 Then he said: "Mommy, look, this is a giant hexagon!" We counted sides and there were 6 of them. "What if we connect squares to all of these sides?" he asked himself. He attached 2 layers of squares, and then there was  a little silent... he was thinking.. I suggested: "What if we put these squares up?" and he did. Somehow he had this AHA moment that from flat shapes he can create 3D architecture, even though we did build stuff like that before. I think that he perceives shapes differently now. We go to park and he points to shapes around him. He talks about them whenever we go. 

Eaton spends lots of time creating, constructing all kind of stuff from educational toys we have. 
Does it reminds you Colosseum? ;-)
Enjoy your week?


wkropka von BILDschön said...

serce rosnie! jak na porzadnego vsl-owca przystalo Eaton zostanie archiektem :)
i Nathaniel tego mu nie psuje? ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi Magda,
haha, no nie wiem, on zmienia zdanie codziennie co do tego kim chcialby byc w przyszlosci. Ostatnio jednak caly czas widzi ksztalty, chce je rysowac, budowac ...z czegokolwiek sie da. Moze jakis budowniczy z niego wyrosnie ;-)

a Nathanielek buduje z Eatonem, te magnesy sa bardzo mocne wiec sa dobre dla takich maluszkow!