Well, it's official. I have a child old enough to play with real, actual Legos, and not the (still fun) Duplo or Megablocks. Lego has fairly recently come out with these JUNIOR sets, which are fully functional Lego pieces, but instead of having 16 little tiny pieces making up the body of a motorcycle, it's just one complete piece, making it easier for beginning Lego Maniacs!
Froot Loop found a set of play cupcakes at my parents’ house that I had as a kid. It’s a set of 4 cupcakes with 4 different colored frosting tops. There’s also a cute tray that the cupcakes sit in. Basically, all you do is put the different cupcake tops on the cupcakes and put them in and take them out of the cupcake tray, but it was one of my favorite things to play with and now it’s his too!
We visited a local science museum not too long ago using a couple gift cards we got for Christmas. Since we had a little left on the cards and we decided that our boys were still a little too young to really get a whole lot out of the museum, we let them pick out a few things in the gift store. One of the things they picked out was this fun music toy.
Froot Loop has known his letters for quite some time now. His preschool teachers are pretty impressed with him and we've been joking about Gifted and Talented placement. The main thing is that we’re working on prewriting skills because his fine motor skills are about 2 years behind! Those skills include drawing, finger strength, and the actual shapes of the letters. Tracing is a great prewriting skill, both with a writing instrument and just using a finger. We’ve tried to encourage him to write letters in sand/rice/etc., but he doesn’t quite have the hang of it just yet, and also due to his sensory issues, these activities are hit and miss. This book is perfect for that in between stage.