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Stimulate a bright almost 3 year old

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lovemy2babies Wed 12-Jan-11 20:30:57

My dd1 who is almost 3 is bright and I'm looking for different ways to keep her stimulated

Say today we went to an indoor soft play
Came how did some painting then read a book and I let her watch cbeebies for an hour while I did other stuff around he house.

She is very good with self and imaginary play.

I often feel like I neglect her for various reasons like I have been ill with a horrid cold for the past few months and sleep deprecation so havnt had the energy to devote to her.

Anyway, anyone have suggestions on what I can do with her?
We also cook, bake, do preschool, playgroup, babygym, arts and crafts.

Thanks in advance

notnowbernard Wed 12-Jan-11 20:35:01

I think I'd do the same with a 'bright' 3yr old as I'd do with a 'normal' 3yr old tbh

What you're doing sounds fine

Throw in some outdoor stuff and you're away smile

Greythorne Wed 12-Jan-11 20:39:52

What makes you say she is bright, out of interest?

TooTiredtoGoogle Wed 12-Jan-11 20:46:07

I'd get her to help you do stuff around the house; cooking, cleaning, tidying, etc. if you're worried about her being in front of telly for an hour

lovemy2babies Wed 12-Jan-11 20:49:25

We also go for walks and playgrounds.
I feel she is bright, seems to pick up things quickly and asks questions like 'how does it get to tomorrow'
'how does it get to night time'

So I don't want to fob her off with answers like the sun has gone to sleep.

She also needs alot of stimulation If she doesn't get it then tantrums.

I'm sure some of this is me being pfb but I still want to try and give her the opportunity to be her best.

And no iam not a pushy parent.

lovemy2babies Wed 12-Jan-11 20:51:49

I dont mind her being in front of tv for an hour as she needed it for some down time due to busy morning.

She has some chores she enjoys doing like laying cutlery on table, turning in dishwasher and washing machine and picking up her toys and placing her used dishes in sink.

lovemy2babies Wed 12-Jan-11 20:58:54

Turning ON dishwasher....

Wigeon Wed 12-Jan-11 21:02:11

My PFB is also exceptionally amazingly wonderful, highly intelligent and generally an all round genius (she's 2.5). We do actually think she is the cleverest, best toddler who ever lived but also aware that we may be slightly biased grin. DH, my mum and I share her care and I really think that she gets a lot from, for example:

Going to groups and spending time with other children - there is loads to be learnt about how we interact with other children.

Visiting other mum friends with children. As above.

Going to the supermarket with me. We chat when I'm not knackered and/or she's not being a pain in the neck about all sorts of things: what we are buying, what colour everything is, what we are doing later, she's even started spotting letters of the alphabet on the big signs saying "fruit and vegetables", "milk" etc.

Going for a walk anywhere (the local street, the park, a wood). Loads to talk about - the types of cars, the birds, the trees, anything at all which she notices.

As others have said, helping with things around the house - DD loves baking, cleaning hmm, attempting to wash up hmm - anything really.

I do try to answer her questions as accurately as possible whilst keeping the answers appropriate to her level of understanding. You can usually find some sort of answer to any question. Although it's often "let's look that up on the computer" when I don't know! We've looked at all sorts of interesting things that way (eg the sound of a kookaburra, what owls look like, etc).

If you're talking about more "formal" learning things like counting, the alphabet etc - it's very very easy to build that kind of thing into anything you are doing (eg DD spotting letters on supermarket signs, or car number plates, or spotting road signs which are circles as we drive along, or spotting the next red car, or counting anything at all). And there is so much which you can teach her beyond this, about how we are kind and polite, and how we cross the road, and how we share, or deal with other people, or deal with our own frustration or anger.

Wigeon Wed 12-Jan-11 21:04:39

Oh, should have said that the kind of things you are doing sound great.

Greythorne Wed 12-Jan-11 21:05:25

word games:
apple starts with an "a" etc
truck rhymes with muck etc

matching games
by colour
by use
by type

number games!
playing shop
counting out coins, change, role playing customer / shopkeeper

tell general knowledge stories!
who is the queen
what is a bumble bee
what is a mountain
what is the sun made of
where do the stars go in the daytime
what is an acorn
what's inside a balloon

but keep the emphasis on playing

jonicomelately Wed 12-Jan-11 21:06:55

Give her a cardboard box and tell her to play with it. It'll have been all manner of things within a few hours smile

ShowOfHands Wed 12-Jan-11 21:08:26

She sounds lovely and like a normal 3yr old.

I actually don't think it's that easy for a bright 3yr old to become bored (and I mean just normally bright as opposed to exceptional which is extremely challenging). Bright children are quite good at stimulating themselves.

They're so fascinated by absolutely everything and miniature sponges to boot, that a wander down the road to the shops can be the most exciting thing in the world. There are cars to talk about and weathers (and seasons) and what houses are made of and colours of things and counting things and small things on the floor like twigs and stones that just happen to look like alien spacecraft.

DD is 3 and is stimulated by the world around her. Yes we do all that preschool, baking, craft, park stuff but just talking and looking and experiencing the world is utterly fascinating.

Fiddledee Wed 12-Jan-11 21:11:00

Jigsaw, Orchard Toy Games, pre-school

Wigeon Wed 12-Jan-11 21:15:41

Oh yes, playing - DH (who looks after her 2 days a week) does a fantastic line in making dens, completely getting into imaginative play, making up silly stories and completely involving DD in them, generally messing about, to the extent that when I get home from work I wonder if he and DD have spent any time in the "real" world that day! grin. DD LOVES it. I think DH is very in touch with his inner child grin.

SoH - lovely way of describing it. I'm looking forward to my DD turning 3 in the summer.

megapixels Wed 12-Jan-11 21:17:25

Like another poster said, just throw in some outdoor stuff and you're fine. You seem to be doing plenty already, you don't have to "do" stuff with her every waking minute. If you leave her to her own devices she'll start to pick out things she likes to do herself (eg. jigsaws, picture books etc.) so just make sure her stuff is easily accessible to her.

lovemy2babies Wed 12-Jan-11 21:44:51

Thanks for the input, this is the kind of suggestions I was looking for, also knowing all the stuff I'm currently doing is ok.

We also do alot of talking about feelings, how to talk to others politely, what we see in the outside world.

I appreciate the ideas you have all given me

Thanks

lovemy2babies Wed 12-Jan-11 21:47:59

Dd1s ears must have been burning, she woke up and in wrote that last post whilst getting to go back to sleep.

Great ideas, especially about enjoying the world they are in and discussing general knowledge.

Flowergarden1 Wed 12-Jan-11 22:00:56

We did/do lots of singing, music and dancing,which he loves

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