R. really likes to watch videos on youtube on the ipad. She can pick videos from her history, the favorites or subscriptions. (I subscribed to Sesame Street.) She also seems to remember how to find particular videos by looking at the choices that come up when a video is chosen. It looks like she is just watching a video for a second and then going on to another one, but it usually means she is looking for something.
When she started summer school at a different school she kept watching this video about riding the bus 40 blocks from home. When we started potty training she was finding all these Elmo potty videos. She does tend to like to watch a video over and over, not for an hour, but five or six times.
I’ve been trying to see how I can work with her interest in these videos. The obvious way is to sing the songs. She does like this, and will sing along and request that I sing them now. She also likes it when I change the words and add her name. She never seemed to notice before.
R. likes counting videos, for a while she was watching ones with Count and his counting organ. I started using her Count doll to count things and this is now a regular game. Mostly she wants me to count the pieces of her play birthday cake. I have to hold up the Count doll and have him count and touch each piece, and I can’t forget the ah ah ah at the end either. She is starting to do it herself, so we can take turns.
Another video she watches often is an old Sesame Street cartoon – Number 9 martian cutie. The artwork is simple enough I actually managed to draw it and boy was R. impressed. She asks me to draw it over and over. I will only draw one part at a time, she has to tell me to continue. She usually taps me and then I prompt the word. Since the martian has nine hairs, eyes and other parts we are closing dozens of circles every time I draw one. She also likes it when I hold her hand and draw it with her. I’ve been backing off and getting her to at least draw the hair and arms (just lines) with just a prompt at her elbow. She is so proud of herself.
If that crafting gene I’ve been waiting for all my life ever kicks in, maybe I can think of some way to make the martian in 3D with glue and stuff.
Her favorite dvd right now is Elmo’s Christmas Countdown. She’s been watching this video from that dvd of two actors from the Soprano’s playing Bert and Ernie. I tried acting out the videos with her Bert and Ernie dolls, but she was a little too entertained by sticking things in my ear. I don’t think I should encourage that.
I found a stuffed gingerbread man and woman a relative gave her a while back, so I’ve been playing you’ve got a gingerbread man on your (or my) head. It is usually good for some laughs, but it doesn’t keep her engaged as long as drawing martians.
I think her favorite part is when they yell gingerbread man, because I hear her saying that and she loves it when I say it. I dug out some Christmas books and we look through them and yell gingerbread man when we find one. I also printed out gingerbread men from the web and placed them around the house. She doesn’t quite get the idea of hunting for them, but she enjoys finding them and yelling gingerbread man with me. I should try drawing them with her, but I think I’d need a stencil or something.
Any easy crafty suggestions are welcome.