sand and water to make various natural formations. Today I wanted to show the girls that we can use symbols to represent some of these land and water forms. I drew some examples of symbols and invited L and E (33 months) to try to copy them or to make up their own...
They definitely understood the concept.. E later pointed to my paper and explained to her Dad that the river is represented by two wavy lines. They enjoyed making their own circles, zig-zags, waves, and even made up a symbol for forest (lots of straight lines). Here is L's drawing of a lake (a surprisingly good circle considering she's still hasn't quite gotten the pencil grip correct):
Then I invited them to recreate the arrangement described by my maps:
They did much better with a single row of objects. First they tried to put the objects on top of the map: