Marty has been progressing swiftly since he started pre-school. Now three, I think school gives him confidence. He carries his book bag to and from school proudly putting it on. He owns it! He is mastering many Melissa & Doug puzzles especially the ones with handles in the center of each piece. One of these he is particularly fond of has fish of every color, the tail is the piece removed and replaced. You can see the concentration on his face as he removes each piece, placing the tails neatly to the side. He checks to see he has removed all the pieces with his tiny fingertips. He likes to start replacing the pieces with the black tail and usually the pink one is last. Replacement is perfect every time now and he smiles with such accomplishment!
My daughter has a Russian nested doll set with different colored cats painted on each nesting unit. Marty and I worked with this the other day. I placed the tops and bottoms in a double line after Marty opened each unit of the set. When he came to the final piece he learned to “place it in the bottom” then “put the top on”. After about 5 tries he was very successful at stacking and unstacking the set. How exciting it all was! He learned more about tops, bottoms, and we had the best time loving each other.