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The wee girl recently discovered the sink. More specifically, soapy bubbles in the sink!
Sadly, this does not extend to washing dishes… yet :)
She will, literally, spend an hour at a time standing at the sink; spooning, filling, pouring, splashing. Every so often there will be a cry of more soapy bubbles, peeze and I will need to replenish her supply of bubbles. Again, and again!
I love to see her so engaged in an activity. Each month that passes sees her ability to focus on a task increase.
She is growing up.
Obviously, this gives me a little bit of a break (!), but it also gives me confidence that she is starting to develop the concentration skills that she will need as she becomes more independent. She won’t start preschool until September next year, but I am conscious that this will be a big step for her, having had no experience of nursery, so I am starting to work on the skills that she will need, now.
She is a confident and determined little girl, but listening to (and following) instructions is still a bit hit or miss (and that’s being generous)! Her comprehension is perfect; she chooses to ignore… Just like a two and half year old, really :)
Finding simple activities that she enjoys; that we can turn into a game, a sensory experience or an opportunity to practice her fine motor skills; while increasing the time she stays focused and listening, is great. Even better when it’s something so simple!
But, more importantly, hearing her giggle as she splashes and watching her smile as she fills a tub and successfully pours it into another one, is wonderful. The squeals when she claps soap covered hands together and watches the bubbles fly into the air and float back down, are priceless.
And, the pleasure she gets from such an ordinary activity makes me smile too.