4/23/09

Deconstruction


What toys, games, and activities can you recommend for a half-past-two-year-old who loves taking things apart?

When we color, he's more interested in how the lids fit the markers than he is in drawing pictures. He's more interested in the batteries than the toy. He regularly takes things apart, dumps them out, and wants to know how everything works.

I'd like to harness some of this energy into something constructive and educational. Any ideas?

11 comments:

  1. How about an old alarm clock?

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  2. How about your sister's well-beloved, very special pink alarm clock.

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  3. No ideas.....But as he takes everything apart, he is learning! :-) One of my sons used to stand beside me as I sewed, and he just watched the machine, and asked a ton of questions, and then out of the blue, he would just flip up the lid to the machine.....just wanted to watch the gears going! These are truly some of the best years with your children! ♥

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  4. Old electronics like cell phones. I agree with the previous commenter. He's learning a ton!

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  5. I'd be concerned with the old electronics just because of sharp pieces and small parts.

    How about some of the "Home Depot" toys. There are some of their sets that are designed to be put together and then take apart. Mo loves to play with them.

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  6. Any of the construction kits toy manafacturers make like Lego, but the are different sorts. Out here you can also buy child sized tools ~ hammers, saws etc. ~ to be used under supervision. And any old appliance that you don't want, or can buy cheaply from a thrift shop. Chunky wooden jig~saws may also fit the bill. At 2 1/2 I'm guessing he's over the putting things in his mouth stage & some of these things will present a challenge. Challenge is good because he will have to think. :) He sounds like a typical boy who will grow into a competant young man.

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  7. How about K'nex? There's a great book called "How Things Work" that he may like, even though it is written for older kids.

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  8. We used to give Caleb a screwdriver and he'd take his training wheels off his bike and put them back on. He loved taking things apart

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  9. My son is the same way. He will play with the markers or crayons more than drawing with them. He got a dump truck for Christmas that he just loves. It has screws and nuts that you can take off and disassemble the truck and then screw it all back together. He has worn the screws out from taking it apart and putting it back together again. I don't know what brand it is, but it is similar to the toys here: http://www.adorablekidsdressup.com/Cloud_Nine_Toys/Take_Apart_Toys.htm

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  10. Send him to Uncle Donald's or Grandpa B's house for a little bit and maybe they'll be able to help him understand how things work. Be patient...he's just an 'almost 3-year old' curious little boy.

    Oh, and congrats and good luck on the upcoming birth of child #2.

    Kim

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  11. He's working his fine motor skills and cognitive skills. Blocks are always popular, though larger ones seem to be preferred. Bead stringing? If you have a large coffee can (instant coffee style) cut a slit in the lid to fit the size of a concentrate juice disk--he can put them in and dump them out and the can can be used for can art--cut some paper to fit the inside, add paint and materials and shake it up. He would probably like some cause and effect works like dominoes or anything Mouse Trap (the board game) style--it would be a fun obstacle course to build together for cars or vehicles. Lid matching and manipulating with a group of various containers with a variety of types of lids to put on and take off. Also, dressing frames or vests (it would be fairly easy to make your own if you have sewing talents)with a variety of fasteners: zipper, snaps, large button, small button, buckle, etc. Lacing works in a variety of shapes. I also did a really popular art project that I got off the internet. We got some shakers, like in restaurants for Parmesan cheese, and filled them with different colors of powdered chalk--when we shook them onto a shallow water surface (we filled a tub with maybe an inch or so of water) we could lay a piece of paper on top and pick up the chalk. It was like marbled paper and the kids loved it. I'll stop now, but I hope you can use some of this!

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