Today marked the beginning of the second week of the summer holidays and the sun decided to shine – thankfully!
After a morning at the park catching up with family I treated Little Bear to an ice cream before heading home. On the way back he wanted to buy a magazine and chose one with a Police Kit on the front – badge, phone, keys, notebook. Very fitting as he had just labelled himself a detective for finding his cousin’s lost car.
After completing the magazine, and playing Police and Robber (apparently I had stolen the jewels and had to get locked in his bedroom) he set out all his new toys on the floor then ran off. As he was away I hid one of the objects. On his return he loved trying to guess what had moved.
Suddenly I remembered Kim’s Game and asked him to find a couple more objects. With seven items out we each took turns removing an object and getting the other to guess what was missing. Then we upped the challenge and removed 2/3/4 items at a time.
Little Bear thought it was brilliant fun, and itvmade him feel like even more of a detective. At the same time he was unwittingly practising his memory skills, his counting (how many missing?), and his letters (“I’m stuck mummy, what does it begin with?”). We probably played for nearly 20 minutes before he started to lose interest. It’s definitely something I’ll be doing with him again and hopefully it will help to channel some of that mental energy he’s building up!