Friday, 12 December 2008

Who writes these things?

Keiran had his last day at preschool today, and being Christmas the ladies handed out presents to all the kiddies. It was so lovely of them and they picked out something from the Early Learning Centre called a Stretch Sphere for Keiran because he's very mathematically minded. I can't find a picture of it, but it's a plastic thing that stretches into a sphere and collapses to form a polygon. He loves it. As on all these educational toys, there's a bit of a guide for how to play with it, the sorts of things the toy helps to develop. Under 'Playing Tips' the manufacturers suggest the following:

Sphere today, polygon tomorrow.
It's a ball, then we drop it on the floor and it changes into a star. Let's play catch and watch it change shape as it goes.

Let's spin and twirl it and watch how it moves.

Great for:
  • Learning about polygons
  • Practicing saying 'geodesic globe'
  • Mesmerising movement
Now this is particularly useful. I can't think of all the times as a child I wanted to say 'geodesic globe' but just didn't know how to say it. Keiran will never be lost for words again now he's got a toy that will allow him to practice saying 'geodesic globe.' The opportunities for putting those two words together must be uncountable when you're four years old.

I did try saying to him 'what a lovely geodesic globe.' He was very sensible and replied 'no, it's a ball.' Clever lad. He loves the thing, no matter what he calls it. An excellent choice by the ladies at preschool, and really demonstrated to me they know my son well. Still, I need more practice typing 'geodesic globe.' I haven't been able to do it once without a mistake. Geodesxi.. no... geoded... no... deogeis.. no.. geography... no.. dang it. Well, at least I can say it!!

1 comment:

  1. After all this, we definitely need to see a picture of it. Preferrably with you looking confused as you try to say Geowhatsit