Tonight my boyfriend and I are babysitting so his cousin can have a night out. We are watching two kids – “G” who is 20 months old and “A” who is 5 years old. Both kids absolutely love looking at pictures and learning the stories behind the pictures.
I was showing G pictures of my family that I have posted on Facebook. He wanted to know everyone’s names. I noticed he especially liked pictures of babies and toddlers with an adult. The more I showed him, the more he could identify the basics about the each family. “Baby” he would say as he pointed to each picture of a baby. He would point at the adult woman in the picture and ask if she was a “Mama” or a “Grandma”. We pointed at the pictures of the pets and talked about the sounds the different animals make.
While “A” is also interested in the pictures she wants to know the full story. “Who is that?” she’d ask. She then wanted to know how they met and what their wedding was like and who their kids were. She wanted all of the good details and had lots of questions to ask.
Pictures got both kids interested and while it was only understanding the basics of their family, it plants a seed that will last a lifetime.
Plus it keeps them quiet, distracted and from destroying the house.