Julie asked how I fostered independent play. Frankly, I have no idea. However, I can say that the independent play is 80% centered around transportation. Kiddo is obsessed with organizing his transportation in different ways and recently I have been listening to him making up elaborate stories about the adventures of his cars and trucks and buses.
I made the above "road" for Kiddo's obsession. It's two large pieces of matte board and I can fold it easily and put it away, but usually it is just out in our living room. A small price to pay for a bit of free time. For the record I would like to state that I am not responsible for the excessive accumulation of toy vehicles you see in these photos (this is just the tip of the iceberg).
crazy enough, Mr. Intensity played independently on Friday several times. Maybe we're about to break new ground! I hope.
BTW, love the S-shaped traffic jam. I showed Mr. Intensity with hopes that he would try it...we'll see.
update: Mr. Intensity is playing by himself again today. woah.
I'm wondering, have you given kiddo his own roll of masking tape? Mr. Intensity has had a blast with it this summer. http://funmajors.blogspot.com/search?q=tape
Very cute road system! I can see how that would be a good investment of time!
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I would love to put a link to this post on my blog! Could you email me about that? (I would especially like to put an accompanying picture with the post if you wouldn't mind it)
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I feel compelled to comment on this post (although I'm late on the scene) because I think our sons might be kindred playmates. We have cars and trucks strewn from one end of our house to the other and they are "organized" in some way that makes perfect sense to my son. I love it, but the clean-up...oh, boy.
By the way, I love your Transportation Tuesday series.