We have really been enjoying Stuart Little by E.B. White. It had been awhile since we had a chapter book read-aloud, and Elliott is really getting into it. There is a scene in the beginning where a ring falls down the drain, and ultimately they cannot reach it, so Stuart scampers down to retrieve it. For some reason, this part really stuck out to Elliott.
Then I had an idea to recreate that scene, and have Elliott figure out how to get a "ring" out of a drain. I don't always do a lot of extended activities with our literature readings, mostly because I want Elliott to enjoy reading for the sake of reading and to find the pleasure and joy of reading a good book. I don't want all the extras to distract from the story.
However, he has also been interested in magnets lately, so I figured I would go in that direction.
I set up a tray with a "drain" a "ring" and several items to use to try to reach the ring.
I put some longer items on the tray (some raided from the 'junk' box), to see if he would try those first.
I put the tube over the small magnetic ring, and asked Elliott if he could reach it. Obviously his hand doesn't fit.
He skipped right over the longer items and went straight for the magnets. He tried connecting them to make them longer.
But he just couldn't get them to catch the small one...
He lost his grip and had even more items to retrieve!
He finally pulled them all out at once!
After that, he went through the house looking for other magnetic items. He spent about 30 minutes playing and exploring on his own!
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