Whoops, off track...anyway.... This time she didn't come bring me a cup, she was busily matching lids to cups when I almost tripped over her to put away the bowls.
|(notice the puzzle, completely unloved?)|
I almost missed that little ping inside my head, but I did get it. I mean, really, here I was trying to force a contrived educational activity when something we do every day could serve the same purpose. So I stopped what I was doing for a minute (really, 5 at the most), and pointed out the different colors of cups and lids and pulled out the camera. Look how intently she was working on her "puzzle."
And what do you know, the traditional puzzle came in handy for something else! She started picking up the pieces, making the animals' noises so I did all the noises with her, and then she came up with this perfect idea for practicing one-to-one correspondence: