Training Tracks

The other night I crashed on the couch with the family to watch a movie together. Well – I TRIED to sit down. The kids kept jumping up and didn’t seem interested in ‘hangin’ out’ that way. I was tired, so we tried something else – YouTube. “Thomas Thomas” yelled the youngest. So a quick search and we started watching a clip of kids playing with train tracks.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DWC_AD2gEM]

“Again Again mummy”

Which led us to this

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aGXTSXf8Hc]

“click that one mummy”

Which led us to this (my favourite – although I think I enjoyed it more than they did)

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDm0PqjAF78]

What happens when little minds guide  a short burst of Youtube watching? Ten minutes later my toddler found an old remote control and tried to make his little train move on it’s own. Since watching we have spent days exploring new ways of building train tracks. They are enjoying every spare minute discovering new ways to connect bridges and bends, insisting on better ways to build it – and I’m enjoying watching their discovery process from mouse click right through to train track demolition!

Reminds me of that Chinese proverb “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.”
hand holding train track
Do you enjoy interactive learning, and learning through play?