I recently found this fantastic Melissa & Doug Magnetic Calendar at a resale shop. We brought it home and hung it up, and Jenna has been having a great time learning about days, seasons, and months, as well as playing with the activity magnets. There are 139 little wooden magnets that create a perpetual calendar (for six years). Many of the magnetic pieces have colorful pictures that show planned activities for the day. A stack of books symbolizes a trip to the library, a stethoscope for a doctor visit, etc.
Yesterday, we were upstairs (nowhere near the calendar and hadn’t done the calendar for a couple of days), and we were talking about how many days until Grandpa and Grandma arrive. Time is a hard concept for toddlers to grasp, and one of her most frequent questions is, “After my nap?” For some reason, her nap is a solid point of reference for her. So, when I asked her if she knew how many days until Grandpa and Grandma come, she asked that question first. When I told her, “Not today.” She thought for minute and then seriously asked, “After cookies and milk?” I had NO idea what she was talking about. This is a girl who doesn’t eat ANYTHING, let alone cookies and milk. I was wracking my brain, and then it hit me: the magnet we put on her calendar for “Grandparents’ Visit” has a picture of cookies and milk (I guess they’re synonymous)!! I had to smile.
Sometimes, I’m completely amazed by the way her little brain works and the things she remembers. If only mine still worked that well…….