Yesterday, as usual, we had limited time. I let J stay up a little past bedtime so we could get in our full 20 minutes. He had no hesitation in choosing Lego’s, so into his room we went and I was lost at sea. I am clueless about how to play Lego’s, even though we have done so more than once in this project. He had his Millenium Falcon, a Ty-Fighter, and a bunch of Lego Star Wars guys. I mindlessly connected some of the guys to the wings of the Ty-Fighter and then knocked them off with a small marble that was sitting nearby. Within moments, it became a game. J assigned points to each guy; higher points for guys who were more difficult to knock down. Then we took turns and tallied the points. We played for three rounds.
I think J is pretty smart kid. And what a turn of events for me: I begin doing something because I’m a fish out of water (mindlessly knocking down Lego guys) and he turns it into something mindful.
Day 19 Stats: Lego guy marble game, 20 minutes, girls asleep, Mom’s lackadaisical play turns on J’s attentiveness
Chick-fil-A gives out the best kid toys. Recently we received an evaporating dish with a small booklet of corresponding experiments. Last night we only had the supplies for one, and I will gladly share it:
4 Tbls whole milk in a dish and let sit for 10 minutes
add 5 or 6 drops of food coloring in 3-4 different colors
add one drop of dish soap to the center
See what happens!
Unfortunately for us, that wasn’t much. We used skim instead of whole, and it seems the fats play a key role. This experiment didn’t take much time, so we also played Lego’s in J’s room. That child can take a mess of assorted Lego pieces and build a miniature Gungan sub. I take a mess of assorted Lego pieces and make a connected mess of assorted Lego pieces. It is fascinating for me to get a glimpse into J’s brain simply by playing with him.
I am so glad I decided to do this project.
Day 8 Stats: Science and Lego’s, 20 minutes, girls asleep, a budding engineer, a hopeless abstract artist.
Now this is more along the lines of what I was expecting: Lego guys. J has a tackle box full of Lego guys, and he wanted to spend the time just fiddling through them. I need playtime coaching when it comes to Lego’s. Dad’s middle name is Lego, but I never gave a second thought to them until they were underfoot (literally). I told him up front that he’d need to show me how to play. In short, it is all about building a new guy. Lego may make a lot of Star Wars characters, but J makes more. What you do with the guy…meh, unimportant.
We got a late start again because we took the kiddos to an art show. So while it is unrelated to Operation Play, I was so proud of J’s insightful observations and questions about each painting. He is very perceptive. It was a great reason for a late play time and a late bedtime.
Day 5 stats: Lego guys, 20 minutes, girls asleep, late start, art detour.