Over the past few months or so we have come to the dawning realisation that one of the reasons that the boy doesn’t play that much with his toys is that they are simply far too easy for him. He loses interest too quickly. So we got out the Lego Technics (circa 1980) and let the little fella play with that and some Lego Star Wars. This has made an unbelievable difference to him in all sorts of ways.
Nowadays he asks to stay at home and play with his Lego. He spends hours and hours building little space ships and having adventures with them. The space ships have their own garages, satellites and space stations as well. I am astonished. His play is revolutionised.
I am told that many boys do not have the manual dexterity yet for this sort of thing. He is nearly four, this stuff is for the Big Boys; around seven years plus. However, he finds it fairly simple to do and requires very little help. I think its because finally we have found something he is really interested in.
I think what I have learnt is that sometimes it’s best to think about what your child really likes to do and what they might be capable of. If you think that they can safely use that toy (I feel sure he wont put the Lego in his mouth and that his little sister wont either) then it’s worth exploring the options.