... a Sesame Street character
... and he has red fur
Did you guess, Elmo?
Well, of course, you're right!
Have you ever thought about the thinking potential behind a simple game? This is a game I've been playing with my toddler for more than a year ... and it's ever-evolving!
It started as a way to review colors. I'd give a clue about the color of a Sesame Street character - "I'm thinking of a Sesame Street character and he's yellow." NHV would guess and I'd give another clue.
The more we played, the clues became more complicated.
- "I'm thinking of a Sesame Street character who is taller than all of his friends." (Big Bird)
- "I'm thinking of a Sesame Street character who knows his numbers better than anyone else." (The Count)
- "I'm thinking of a Sesame Street character who plays the saxophone." (Hoot)
- "I'm thinking of a Sesame Street character who is NOT blue." (multiple answers)
I always start with "I'm thinking ..." because I want NHV to make that connection ... I am using my brain to come up with a clue to then share with her.
Eventually and after plenty of modeling, NHV started coming up with the clues. How's that for thinking! I love experiencing the way her little brain comes up with the clues. Her creativity astounds me, but I especially love it when she gets so excited by a "good" clue that she accidentally tells me the answer before I can guess!
I love this game because ...
- it can be played anywhere - on the potty, in the car, at the dinner table, waiting in line at the grocery store, ... and anytime
- it's absolutely free and doesn't require any materials
- it has continued to evolve and grow with my little learner
- it's fun ... and, really, what better reason is there?!