We sometimes play this game for hours a day:
He stands under a dresser drawer where we store the crayons (up high) and says "da-dat" pointing up (this means "crayons, please".
Steps to the game:
- Give a crayon (or two, one for each hand) to the Wes, telling him the color of each crayon.
- I say, "Can you find something in the room that is *orange*?" He often points to the orange crayon.
- I say, "Yes, can you find something else in the room that is orange?"
- He toddles around saying "hmmmmm" to himself. He puts his crayons up next to various items in the room.
- Sometimes after awhile I offer, "Is your vacuum orange? YES! it is". Sometimes he nods. He may smile, excited to find a match. He may nod and quickly seek out the next object. Sometimes he tries to match a color to an object, then gives me an inquiring look asking for verification. Then I say, "Does that match? Noooooo, that is a black guitar case". He sometimes thinks it's really funny when things don't match. Every way he wins.
- Then he hands me the crayons, goes and stands under the drawer, and awaits new colors.
This game makes me realize I should have bought the 64 pack of crayons instead of the 16 pack. The colors cycle quickly.
*Disclaimer to anyone inspired to do this activity* Sometimes Wes does make small marks on objects in his efforts to "match" them. Also, I have to read his signals and anticipate when he starts to get tired or bored because it is then that he is most likely to mark on things.