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mikado1 Sun 01-Nov-15 21:50:32

I notice more and more that my 3.5yo is hungry for information and vocabulary. He is constantly asking questions about hypothetical situations and asking me to repeat and elaborate on anecdotes I recall. I do my best to answer as much as I can but I feel he would love more. I am going to get some age appropriate chapter books but would love some ideas on what else I could do-play and games based. He loves the outdoors and both fiction and nonfiction topics. He is not brilliant at independent play so maybe some board games would help but to me, it's learning and information he's after. He does go 3x3 hours to montessori each week and loves it. Would really appreciate some pointers. I don't want to miss this window when he's at his most curious.

Phineyj Sun 01-Nov-15 21:52:31

Do you live near a city or large town with a museum? They often have great objects and resources.

eleven59 Sun 01-Nov-15 21:53:41

Just do what parents do. Give him books, puzzles, toys. Read to him. Take him places, museums etc. Give him lots of time to play outdoors.

RainyBow Sun 01-Nov-15 22:01:05

My DS was a lot like this and loved the Usbourne Look Inside books. They are lift the flap books so generate constant questions.

I also think getting outside is really important. He will notice all sorts of things and you can have lovely conversation.

Don't worry about missing your window. My DS is still the same at 6. If they have that hunger for learning it is hard to go wrong.

mikado1 Sun 01-Nov-15 22:01:24

I am doing all that but it's a real interest and curiosity that I am finding hard to satisfy. I could try to get to museums more often.

Sighing Sun 01-Nov-15 22:01:42

Just keep talking to him, exploring things that his interests touch on.

mikado1 Sun 01-Nov-15 22:03:13

Oh thanks Rainybow thank you-yes we have seen some of those books in the library, you're right, they're very good. Great to know it continues.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Sun 01-Nov-15 22:07:27

I don't think there is a window!

zombieme8 Sun 01-Nov-15 22:10:40

I got my 3.3yo DD a 'my first encyclopedia'. It has loads about different space and science topics so we open it to random pages and read the page then she asks questions. We are reading Enid blyton secret seven and famous five books, roald Dahl and children's classics versions of stories such as Moby dick. We go to museums or aquariums or places like that. We watch things like blue planet when I need her to sit still and relax for an hour. She plays outside and collects leaves and acorns, conkers, sticks etc to make collages with. She watches the birds on the bird feeder and we look up the species in the book. We do baking where she watches the scales for the weights then does the stirring, separating into portions etc. This is all led by her questions. Just have fun with him and see where he takes you smile

mikado1 Sun 01-Nov-15 22:17:33

Thanks zombieme that's great. Was going to ask for an encyclopedia recommendation. I started a few roald dahl books but thought some of the content inappropriate-which ones have you read?

Thanks sighing and countess, I am doing the right things but feel he wants more. It's the constant questioning that comes with this age I want to make most of for him.

WhyCantIuseTheNameIWant Sun 01-Nov-15 22:18:17

Go to some small, Independant museums. The staff are usually very knowledgable and good at answering small people questions.

The police museum in Manchester were brilliant with my ds.

WhyCantIuseTheNameIWant Sun 01-Nov-15 22:20:31

Also, interactive science places

Ingenuity
Catalyst
Techniquest

Whatever is local to you.

luciole15 Sun 01-Nov-15 22:21:40

Blatantly place marking in hope of more good ideas for my LO too. Also not good at independent play. Hoping for some tips to encourage that.

zombieme8 Sun 01-Nov-15 22:23:43

So far her favourite is George's Marvellous Medicine but we have lots of discussions about how lucky we are that our grandma is lovely and how we must never ever eat or drink anything that isn't food. Also Matilda but again, discussions about how her parents don't ignore her etc. Esio trot and The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me are good. She also really likes the clasic fairytales such as little red riding hood and three little pigs etc. and we ask and discuss lots of questions as we go to help her comprehension. I know I sound so pushy but it really is driven by her!

mikado1 Sun 01-Nov-15 22:35:39

Really appreciate all advice above. Those interactive museums sound great but I'm not near any (I'm in Ireland).

Definitely not about being pushy, just responding to the interest. That's a good way of explaining the Roald Dahl subject matter! I stopped short of calling the grandma an 'evil hag'!!

zombieme8 Sun 01-Nov-15 22:36:52

Independent play - dd likes going jigsaws with pictures or patterns on she recognises. She has numbers 1-10, alphabet, mermaids, fairytales etc. She'll sit and do them independently. Or I set her playing in the sink with some clean empty yoghurt pots and a plastic jug with some food colouring in the water and she makes 'drinks' and 'potions' and a mess! but she enjoys seeing how much more water fits in one pot than an other, what sinks and what floats etc and is quite happy playing like that while I potter about and get jobs done. She likes crafts so we pick up little craft kits from places like pound land and she does them. Play to their interests and they'll suddenly get all involved! even if that is grubbing in the mud catching worms, thanks dd grin

mikado1 Tue 03-Nov-15 19:44:23

Thanks for those tips. Got three fab books today to open up more conversation and answer questions and will keep doing what I have been doing so far smile

RainyBow Tue 03-Nov-15 19:58:55

That's great - enjoy smile

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