Kids are way too innovative. The moment we occupy them with something and leave, next moment they make a totally different way out of it. The same happens with my young toddler.
Actually, we already have so many toys since his past two years that I decided to pack some and keep aside that were no longer in use. I remember on one Sunday afternoon, I decided to put his entire squeeze and play toys in almirah as he hardly used to play with them. They were some fifteen in no. I washed and dried them up in sun. I went to the kitchen to make his lunch and came after ten minutes to feed him. He was very nicely sitting with them and he had arranged them all in one line. At my first sight I was a bit angry as he made them dirty again but then I understood when he pointed out at them. He said, Mumma, line. I literally cried my heart aloud. I never thought I could teach him the value of discipline this way.
Some few days later, he again took out those toys and arranged them in a circle. I remembered teaching him the concept of circle a day before and here he was with his out of the box thinking. From that day, I have realized its very essential for parents to always think out of the box and make use of all the available resources to teach their kid. We dont need to buy each and everything but should always try first to accomplish with the sources in hand.
That day onwards, I always teach him different concepts with the same set of toys. I keep same colored toys together, put smaller toys in a basket asking him to take out one by one and count, make different shapes with his toys, hide them and ask him to find, etc. Basically I have learnt the concept of thinking out of the box and use and reuse the objects to gain meaningful knowledge. Thanks to my son for teaching me this life lesson.
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