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Today I’m sharing a play idea for baby — just right for older babies with Mom sitting alongside.
I bought these power magnets for my older boys without intending to let the baby (14 months) near them. I cringed at the price, but bought them anyway. It was a purchase well made. Not only have my older kids enjoyed making all sorts of patterns on baking sheets, not to mention practicing their letters…
(page from Confessions of a Homeschooler)
but I also discovered that they are super-fun for the baby too. It had been a rough afternoon with the little guy. Gone are the days when he would play contentedly while I did some learning with the older boys. Now he knows full well he is being left out. And he lets us know that he knows it! So without planning to, I strapped him into his high chair, pulled him up to the table, and gave him some magnets on a baking sheet.
He was beyond excited! He kept picking them up and sticking them to the baking sheet.
He examined the tiny magnets…
and was fascinated by how he could stick them together.
He was busy opening and closing these magnets for a long time. (Remember I’m talking baby attention span here 🙂 It was maybe two minutes!)
Since these magnets are tiny, this is something my little guy did with me right beside him. It was fun for me to watch him learn, and I talked about what he was doing as he did it. This is something I’ll be pulling out again!