Neon-colored jacks: these have a great tactile quality. Roxie does love biting them (she's still teething), so they get put away in a sealed container when I'm not playing with her. So far she enjoys sorting them by color and watching me spin them.
|picking up the yellow jacks|
|sorting jacks by color (mama helped)|
|collecting all the shapes after mama sorted them|
|trying to stack cubes|
Glass beads: These also have a great tactile quality, and they make a nice clicking sound. Roxie loves to pour them from one container into another. Yesterday she astonished me by picking out all the green ones, then the blue, clear, and turquoise ones, and lining them all up on the back of the sofa. That was the first time I noticed that she understands how to sort by color. These are also a choking hazard and therefore get put away when I'm not playing with her. Another downside is that Roxie likes to drop them on the plexi tabletop, and I'm worried that the glass or the plexi will chip or crack, so I'm working on teaching her the difference between hard objects that she can't drop (like the glass beads) and soft objects that she can (the jacks, the ice cubes).
|picking out two matching beads and clicking them together|
|clicking two green beads together|
I leaned a cheap mirror against the wall because I noticed that Play At Home Mom has a big mirror above their light table. Roxie likes making faces at herself and watching herself play. It also allows me to see what she's up to when I'm sitting on the sofa.
|offering a shape to her mirror self|