06 June, 2007

Fun with Shapes

Once Appu gets back from school, she and Abhay kind of keep each other occupied.

Be it pottering around with something together, be it reading a book together, be it colouring their books together or be it fighting with each other - fact remains that they keep each other occupied to a great extent.

It's been quite a while now since Abhay stopped his afternoon naps. Therefrom arose the need to be quite inventive to keep his active little mind occupied. Like the saying goes - "An idle mind is a devil's workshop". In his case, even his active mind is a devil's workshop many a times. So then, Abhay's mind, unoccupied and idle is a far worse alternative.

I was looking for something rather novel couple of days back and started looking among Appu's toys - toys which she used to use earlier when she was littler. And what a windfall it was !!!

For starters, I took Appu's magnetic board and the shapes that go along with it. Basically it is a magnetic board with comes with a multitude of shapes in different colours. These shapes can be stuck onto the board cos the shapes have flat magnets on one side. And then it is just a question of letting your imagination rip.

Instead of just handing the board over to Abhay, I left it in a place where it would most definitely catch his eye. Finding something definitely adds that "I found it - wowie" zing to the whole issue. It gives enthusiasm a whole new meaning :-))) and works to sharpen the keenness and zest that keeps a project going.

Worked like a charm, I must say.

And see what we came up with ........


"A Rocket"


"A Train - according to Abhay that is Thomas the Tank Engine with coaches"


"A Helicopter - made me wonder why he did not choose to christen this Harold"


"London Bridge - and this led to a nursery rhyme session as well :-)))"


"A Flower - or rather, as Abhay chooses to call it - A Pretty Pretty Flower :-))"


"And how can any project be deemed a success if it does not involve an insect of some kind. So there it is - A Caterpillar"

We had a lot of fun playing around with the shapes and the magnetic board. Some goofing around, some serious stuff, a lot of fun ..... End of the day it has also kindled his imagination because he is trying to put the shapes together by himself and give vent to all those ideas germinating within him.

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in. ~ Rachel Carson


It was indeed an extremely enjoyable experience, putting our hands and heads together to work. It was far more delightful and gratifying than I'd ever imagined it would be.

And I will forever treasure these little memories ........

..... the delight on his little face, the twinkle in his little eyes, the pure unadulterated pleasure that he exhibited each and every time something took shape on the board, the uninhibited laughter that rumbled from deep within him every time we goofed up ......

...... and last but not the least, the extent to which he relished the entire afternoon and to a great extent the way he revered the little projects we shaped.

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9 voice(s) said so:

Kowsalya Subramanian said...

Superb.. The london bridge and light reflected on it gave a special effect. Creative Project indeed!

namvor said...

very nice :)

Kodi's Mom said...

Are you saying he did this all by himself???

Un...bel..ievable!

Gauri said...

Kowsalya : Thanks !! And hope to c u around more often

Namvor : Thanks !!

Kodi's Mom : No. This was definitely not a solo effort. Me and Mr.E worked on it together. But there definitely was a sense of achievement at the end of it all. For him, he realised that he could do more with the board and the shapes than just peel the paper off. And for me, the very fact that he sat around sticking to one project for about 3 hours was an achievement in itself :-)

Jayashree said...

Wow!!! You do have a creative guy on your hands....

Kodi's Mom said...

it is unbelievable, nonetheless..excellent job, Abhay :)

Gauri said...

Kodi's Mom : I guess I did not get the reply right the last time. No - Abhay did not do this by himself. This was how it worked :
I used to form the image in my mind, then tell Abhay to pick up the shape in question and place it on the board. Kind of told him how to go about it step by step. Minor adjustments to the shapes and placements were done by Yours Truly. But honestly, it was amazing that he could be pinned down in one place for around 2 hours.

Gauri said...

Jayashree : Thanks a lot :-)
How was your Delhi trip ?

Orchid said...

kewl!!