….is that they develop so fast that you can hardly keep up with them. In the last three weeks or so we noticed Emms taking giant leaps in her speech and her imaginative play development. She has moved from two-three word sentences like “Mummy, water, peeease” to full-blown speech and coherent thoughts. It started with daddy getting it all in stereo: “Alex, can you hurry up, please?”… “Daaaaaaddyyy, hurry up!!!” If you find that amusing try imagining two women raging and stomping their feet at you in the same time… poor guy. It went on to Emms trying to put words together on her own, sometimes successfully, sometimes less so and sounding like a slurred drunk: “Mummy, me go shopping…take bag…need money..okay???”
Today I was washing the dishes after breakfast when I heard her say: “Mummy, there’s a big dinosaur.” I thought she was just imagining it. Daddy has been playing this “Peppa Pig living in a castle” game with her and her imagination sparks like fireworks when you least expect it. Daddy stepped in and he was promptly informed: “Daddy, there’s a big dinosaur.” “Oh, what colour, Emma?” “White, daddy.” She was still sitting at the breakfast table and she was pointing at a funnily-shaped cloud in the sky. “Oh, Emma is the dinosaur up in the sky?” “Yes, daddy.” “It’s an enormous one, Emma.” “Yes, daddy, it’s a massi one.” Never losing a chance to introduce new vocabulary I stepped in: “It’s an enormous one, Emma.” “No, mummy, not an enormous one. A massi(ve) one.”
What I also noticed is that Emms seems to remember things we have read together and makes connections between abstract concepts and reality. We read about shapes this Thursday in the library and this evening she pointed at a jar lid on the table and she said: “There’s a circle, mummy.”
I find our toddlers much more intellectually developed than we were at their age. I know our neighbour next door (two and a half as well) can count to 20 already and she could recognise colours from early in the year. What do you think? Do you have a clever toddler? What would you advise mummies when it comes to stimulating clever toddlers?
P.S.- if you’re wondering about the redness on her cheek, no, it’s not sunburn. She’s got scarlet fever from Friday. I didn’t even know this was around anymore but here you go…You know where to find it now…It’s contagious so stay away for a while :-).
P.S.2-today I am linking into Tuesday Tots, at Growing a Jeweled Rose, please click link or badge in the right hand side column for loads of creative and fun ideas to entertain your clever toddler!