Thursday, December 28th, 2006
List of Favorites for a 2.5-Year-Old Girl
On Wednesday morning I grabbed a brown paper bag and a pen and quizzed my daughter about her favorite things while we enjoyed a bowl of oatmeal in our cold, powerless house.
- Color: Red.
- Number: Two. (She recently learned to represent the number 2 by making a "V" sign with her fingers. She has been showing all of her little friends, sticking the V in their faces as if to convey a secret meaning.)
- Letter: I.
- Toy: Yellow phone (taken from our well-used, but outgrown Little Playzone with Electronic Sounds & Lights, though this phone is pure plastic, devoid of sounds and lights).
- Run or jump: Jump.
- Song: Frosty (Frosty the Snowman, as sung by Harry Connick, Jr. on Harry for the Holidays).
- Book: Monkeys (Ten Little Monkeys: Jumping on the Bed. I bounce her around as we count down the number of monkeys left on the bed and then plop her sideways onto the floor, for every page).
- Friend: Melina.
- Activity with Mama: Do puzzles.
- Activity with Papa: Play with my (spinning) top.
- Activity with Melina: Play with cookies (a counting game, Smart Snacks Counting Cookies, at Melina’s house).
- Place to go in a car: Toy store (My wife tried in vain to rephrase the question to elicit a response of "the park," "gymnastics" or "the library").
- Stuffed animal: Panda (She has four pandas, now delineated as Pit Bear, Mama, Girl and Baby. Pit Bear is my wife’s childhood bear. Grampa explained that "Pit Bear" is short for pitiful.).
- Animal: Doggy (We have two cats.).
- Breakfast: Rice Chex.
- Lunch: Peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
- Dinner: Ravioli (When she first learned the word, it was pronounced "Rab-bree-oh-bree.").
- Future occupation: Nurse (like Mama).
It would be interesting to refine and expand upon this quiz, and to conduct it every few months for any toddler who has begun speaking. Archive the responses and pull them back out in a decade or two.