Violet is eighteen months old and she worships the ground that her big sister walks on. If Olivia is doing it, Violet’s copying it. The times when she gets to play with her big sister she’s laughing, she’s laughing, she’s loving and she’s also learning.
Talking Back and Forth
While they’re playing with toys that they can both appreciate and enjoy, like the Little People, they’re able to engage in conversation with one another. You would think that an eighteen month and a four month old might have a one-sided conversation, but it’s anything but that. Violet has learned that she can move the people, and create sounds, to mimic the sounds that her sister and I are making as we play. She’s learning to give those Little People a voice – and it’s always fascinating to hear what they’re talking about.
Here are some of Olivia’s latest leads:
“Violet, you get three of the little people and I get three of the people”
“I am the Mom and you can be the brother”
“If there is a horse at the park we can ride it to Mexico”
All of this back and forth mimics the things that we talk about on a daily basis like sharing, families and allows them to imagine things like riding a horse to Mexico. Now, with the new Little People Friends, they can take this a step further and develop names and backgrounds for the Little Friends. In our case, they’re all ‘Frank’s kids’ (Before you ask, I have no idea who Frank is).
To Have An Opinion
For Violet’s entire life it’s been Olivia who has decided how they are going to play, what they’re going to play with and the rules of the game. Violet, in her words and signs, has learned to begin to take control and direct Olivia, or I, in the direction of the toys that she wants to play with and what she does not want to do. One of her latest? She does not want to be pushed around in the doll pram. Though hilarious to watch, it makes me proud that she isn’t allowing Olivia to boss her around and I think that’s fantastic.
To Gain Independence
All of these things are learned through free play, playing together, and playing with the kids in the neighborhood in the backyard. It’s incredible to see the games that they come up with when I take the iPad away, send them outside and give them a few toys to bring with them. Violet will happily follow her older sister and friends, or just her sister, into the backyard or the other side of the park without looking back. She’s secure that her older sister is going to care for her while they play.
Inspire Play: Win Your Own Little People Prize Package
Throughout November, you’re going to get the chance to win one of the Little People prize packages worth $265 when you visit Treehouse Online and play the fun hide and seek game. I let Olivia play ‘find the little people’ and she loved finding them and matching to her new friends at-home.
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