It started with The Baby Dream House.
One day, after an IKEA delivery, I was left with a large cardboard box and decided to build a den for Little Pea while she napped. A scissors, some packing tape, a silk scarf that I’d picked up at a flea market and never done anything with, a blanket, a sheepskin rug and the Christmas fairy lights that I’d forgotten to pack away and I was pretty happy with my efforts. So it seemed was Little Pea. A comfy place to snuggle, play and hide.
I moved it into her bedroom, and though we played in there before bed most evenings I didn’t think too much about its role in her development until I was singing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star during a nappy change and when she suddenly shouted her no noise and crawled to the dream house. Looking at me to make sure she had my attention, she pointed up at the star-shaped fairy lights and started signing the twinkle twinkle hands to show me that she knew what they were.
It made me think then that a lot of the time when we sing nursery rhymes, though it’s done with lots of gestures and expressions, for babies, these are still pretty abstract concepts so aren’t linked to concrete ideas that Little Pea can grasp hold of. I quickly gave the floor a make over with some animal greeting cards from a charity shop transformed into a lino floor with some sticky back plastic, and added other nursery rhyme characters (like this sticky felt Baa Baa Black Sheep, Mary’s Little Lamb and a Hickory, Dickory Dock clock and mouse).
This has left me with a fascination as to how I can make play experiences more rewarding for Little Pea. Having read lots of inspiring ideas on other blogs while researching this idea, I’m looking forward to sharing our fun here.