Owen has been obsessed with pushing things ever since he learned how to cruise on 2 feet rather than hands and knees. He is a mover. His favorite “game” is just carrying things around the house. Especially big, heavy things. He’ll push, pull, turn around, scoot, flip over, anything he needs to do to MOVE that object.
At daycare his teachers write a little note about what he did during the day. It’s almost ALWAYS something like, “Owen really enjoyed pushing _____ around the ____.” His favorite things are a toy shopping cart on the playground and a toy vacuum cleaner in his classroom.
A tiny janitor in the making!
Over the weekend he started banging on the cleaning closet door and wanting to see what is inside. He’s simultaneously intrigued and terrified by the real vacuum cleaner. He just stands and gestures to it with his arm. I don’t really want him flinging a heavy, metal vacuum around the house, so I offered him the swiffer instead.
A new game was born.
Thank goodness there was a swiffer pad on there — Owen swiffered our entire floor several times! We’ll have the cleanest floors in the neighborhood soon Honestly, it kept him occupied for at least 30 minutes at a time. He wouldn’t put it down, even when he was playing with another toy, and he cried when I put it back in the closet.
My fingers are crossed that this obsession with cleaning continues throughout his life! (If he’s anything like his father, I’m certain it will.)