Architect/mom Danielle has been playing with her son's toys. The result is not just a mini feat of engineering, but, she hopes, a tool for getting her son interested in letters.
Danielle describes her Eureka moment: Why not use train tracks to help my son become interested in letters? I discovered I could spell out his name and he could actually run trains along it. He was thrilled with this track! I know that for many boys, fine motor skills come a little later and often they get frustrated by lack of coordination. It seems like a great idea to use trains and tracks, which are much bigger than pencil and paper, to help them with some early academics. This could also be applied to shapes, numbers or patterns.
Great idea, Danielle! If you don't have a ton of train tracks (or Danielle's engineering skills), see what toys you could make letters with (LEGOs, Duplo, play dough, etc.). Read Danielle's post about this project for more of her thoughts on boys, building and motor skills on her blog, Boys Buildings Books & Berries.
(Images: Boys Buildings Books & Berries)