Let me start with this: Little hands love little books. (Get your mind out of the gutter!) Here are the books my daughter always picks out whenever given the choice:
3 Disney books, 2 Dr. Seuss books. We haven’t read through them in a while. Heck, I don’t think she’s familiar with any of the characters but the title names. She just really loves handling them compared to the larger, heavier books that are designed for parents to hold while children listen.
I tend to forget that the world must seem really super sized to a kid at 2 feet 7 inches. The crib, the stroller, the bureau, the book shelves, the toy chest, the shoe cabinet are all designed to be handled by adults and for kids to feel really dependent on adults to get what they need. Kid aren’t really helpless. The world is literally too big for them to handle. If there is no adult handy, kids are left to their own devices (with their little hands and little bodies) to tackle the super sized world. They may be trying to go about their day without bothering anybody but are bound to get into trouble due to their size- versus the world’s.
Come to think about it, the seven dwarfs had their own house and functioned perfectly fine before Snow White came along. My daughter pulls out the clothes that she can reach from her bureau, picks the shoes that she can see from the cabinet, plays with the toys she can reach from her chest. I think she loves her dolls because she actually calls the shots in dolly’s life. Plus, she’s bigger.
This week I resolve to be more size sensitive. Just today, instead of stuffing all her things in an adult sized bag and lugging them around myself. I used one of her bags (a cute little body bag from a birthday party) so she can carry her things herself. You know what? She loved it.
How do you make your child’s world less super sized?