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|Thu, 03-26-2009 - 10:46am|
THANK YOU SHELLEY!
Our Magna-Tiles arrived yesterday afternoon. I just bought the small pack to see how they would take. JB played with them for 3 straight hours! Then he made Daddy play another 45 mins when he got home. The first thing he said when he woke up this morning was 'play with Magna-Tiles!' It's amazing.
I'm shocked at how quickly he took to them because he does not build. He does not build with MegaBlocks, Konnects, or square blocks. He does like to play with wooden shapes, but again, he does not really build. That's the reason it's taken me so long to order them. So you can imagine my surprise when he opens the box and immediately starts to BUILD. Apparently the non-interest in building is another sensory thing (grasping strength) rather than interest. Who knew? Ok - y'all did.
The biggest benefit of all was completely unexpected. We are currently working on different types of play (engagement/ interaction exercises). Pretend play mimics our daily routines exactly (one at a time) without any variety, so we are trying to get him to expand play (link routines together, make slight variations in the routines, etc). Anyhow, we built a cube. He looked at it and said 'HOUSE!', then ran into his playroom, picked out a male Little People, then came back. Daddy in the house. Daddy out of the house. Then he asked to build another, bigger house. He ran back to the playroom and comes back with a Little People car and another Little People man. Daddy get in car with Mr. Michael and go to work (Daddy carpools) in blue car. Then he put 'Daddy' in the car, drove to 'work' (the big house), went in to work, came out of work, got back in the car, drove back home, and came into the house to play with JB. Then he built a road by himself! I couldn't believe it. He built a little city. His building skills are still pretty rudimentary, but I was not aware he had any. So YIPEE!
He tried to build an airplane, but the tiles are not really designed to allow you to pick up the structure. But, I'm not complaining since he is showing quite a bit of creativity. (If you know how to do this, let me know).
The last plus is the tiles are building hand strength. I put the whole stack of triangles together and he has to separate them individually. It's a struggle for him, so he does not like to do this more than once or twice at a time. But I'll take once or twice.
Thanks again! I love the ideas that come from this board.