As a mom (and teacher), I strive everyday to engage, nurture, and expand the mind of my little one.
Here you will find the books, music, and activities most useful to me in my endeavors.

Monday, May 10, 2010

I'm thinking of ...

... 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?!


Sarah :) said...

love it! :) I'm gonna play that game tomorrow! we play eye spy all the time... but I think yours is better! :) yay!

Anonymous said...

I like this idea :) I am going to try it, thanks.