ROFL. I would love to say it is just a phase, but this one just goes on and on........
I hid all tape measures and now we have a bunch of imaginary ones where he insists I hold the end whilst he pulls an imaginary tape measure out of random objects in his hand.
Aparently the thinness of a tape measure, and the number it goes up to is based on how old you are and whether you are a grown up. He measures the baby every couple of hours and tells him he can only have a short fat tape measure that only goes up to 30cm.
This very second he informs me that his 'other' tape measure goes up to a billion metres and I've even had to ban numicon for a while because he lines it up and counts the holes linearly as if they are centemeters.
The good news of course is that it is a very valuable reinforcer. He is allowed to take a 'particular' home made tape measure in his bag to school ONLY if he gets dressed in the morning completely by himself and without whinging.
Unfortunately school were using tape measures too, but that stopped when he cut his finger on one. I insisted that I didn't mind but they are worried.
DS is currently showing baby-4-months the ipad tape measure and 'teaching' him all of his numbers apparently. Baby is very excited, poised on his tummy with his legs and arms waving about frantically at this 'lesson'.
<runs around hiding tape measures for fear of it catching>
We have a giant spirit level here. It's either a light saber (or saver as ds puts it) or he goes around checking everything is level. Poor DH has been told many times "Dad why to you build everything uphill?" [grin[
Hmm. Someone should find a way of using them as a teaching device.
I tried to distract ds from the measuring with inane everyday chat. Was chopping pineapple at the time so told him about when I was pg with him how much I wanted it. Ds response: "why are you telling me that?" Me: "because sometimes people just chat about things they think are interesting. Did you think that was interesting?" Ds: <thinks for a second> "not very"