Thursday, November 10, 2011

My budding architect.....

I'll be honest. This photo is slightly blurred, partly due to my Little Tornado's propensity to be,well, like a tornado; and partly due to the fact I was laughing so much at the expression of unbridled joy and excitement on his little face. So unbridled that it's caused him to go slightly boss eyed with excitement. What, you may (or may not ;) be asking has caused such a stir? Ahhh......

Elliott had just made his own little viaduct...all by his clever little self!  I just turned round and he'd built it. He's 2 and a half.  Is it just me, or are 2 and a half year olds pretty darn clever these days? The "supports" are the roofs and bases of little wooden houses that came with his train set. He just decided they'd be perfect for holding up his track....

To be honest, I find everything he does pretty amazing.  But then again, I'm not exactly impartial, lol!  But how on earth did he think to do this? Did he somehow store a visual memory of a viaduct we'd driven past and suddenly fancy building one? We had one near us where we used to live but we moved from there before he was a year old. Perhaps he saw one on the TV. Perhaps he's never seen one before in his life. Either way, he was very excited to have built his wooden track version.  I was telling people about this all weekend. How amazing our children's minds are, huh?


  1. What an amazing little boy! The look of joy on his face is infectious! Not only has he built the viaduct he's used the 'riser' bits of track to make it all work. Fantastic!

    My little monkey will be two in January and he constantly amazes me too. I'd love to know what's going on in his head sometimes, just to understand the thought process or cognitive leap that means he goes from "ollie woof woof ball" to "ollie woof woof is chasing his ball, mummy" in the space of 24 hours!

  2. I'll be the first to admit I think my 3 year old boy is "exceptional" and "highly advanced" and I'm well aware it's me that's bubbling over with pride and he's probably just totally normal... But these little boys... What mechanical minds they have. And I know how nice it is to hear an unbiased opinion - and yours is clearly a genius child! Well done! x

  3. I don't know what's better, the viaduct Elliot's built or the ecstatic look on his face!!! Either way his an adorable little genius!xx

  4. That's cool! It's amazing how much kids can surprise you like that. And his expression is just priceless!

  5. *applauds* Very good! It's amazing what they recall isn't it? He could have honestly seen one anywhere and then decided to build one himself. :)

    Last winter, I made my now three-year-old niece some corduroy dresses for church. Last week, she came up to me and said, "Aunt Laura, Penny (her new baby sister) and me need some new corduroy dresses." When I made last year's models, I explained that the fabric was corduroy, but I never expected her to remember it, much less ask for it by fabric name a year later! Hack, she even picked out the fabric at the store and correctly identified it! (Then again, this is the child who has been completely fascinated by my sewing machine and fabric since she could crawl...)


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