My now 2 and 1/2 year old daughter has always had an interest in letters and numbers. I think the number thing started when I bought a play mat set (see it here) when she was not yet one year old. We had moved into a town home with hard wood floors in the living room and kitchen and needed something padded for her play area. She loved pulling the numbers and letters apart and saying their names. Also, whenever we were heading upstairs to our bedrooms or downstairs in the basement, we always said our numbers going up and down. In addition, one of the songs I started singing to her when she was born was the “ABC” song. Not only did I sing it but I also signed the letters while singing. Needless to say, she learned her letters and numbers (from 1 to at least 13) way before she turned two.
When we moved into our new home, there was really no need for the mat, except to keep it as a play item. My toddler was constantly taking the numbers and letters apart and throwing them around the home. the one day she would play with them, the next she would seem bored. I finally got rid of the thing and got her a smaller set of magnetic numbers and letters to play with.
Around the end of January or early February, she was then 26 months, we went to Lakeshore Learning Book Store (lakeshorelearning.com), about 20 minutes away from us and I found some really neat things. They are a school supply/teacher’s store that also carries learning activities for infants and toddlers. Awesome! I am all for toys that teach something.
Below is a picture of the numbers and letters. The lettes had 2 of each in a pack and so did the numbers. So we picked out one set from each and stored away the other sets. No need to have 2 of each lying around.
I also purchased a magnetic board and the easel to go with it so she could place them unto the board in alphabetical order or whatever order:) That little spot on the white board is just part of a torn sticker I think my daughter sticked on there. She really loves playing with them.
At the time of the purchasing, she seemed to be totally bored with all the little infant and and toddler toys she had. So I figured I will get her some learning activities that are not just toys. Frankly, I am tired of seeing too many toys lying around the place! (See my delima with toy post here).